Led by police in the Philippines, a new global anti-child sex abuse taskforce started dissecting the U.S. citizen's digital footprint in order to track down the exploited girls. "Those images were very sexually explicit ... disturbing," said William Macavinta, the Filipino police general heading the unit that launched this year to combat cybersex trafficking - a form of modern slavery where children are abused over webcam. "It was clear that we had to move fast to extract the children," said Macavinta, whose country is considered by campaigners to be the epicentre of the fast-growing trade. Three weeks later, British and Australian cops assembled with their local counterparts one evening just before dusk, and raided a slum located on fishing docks in the capital, Manila. The taskforce did not find the alleged local offender but rescued five girls - aged 10 to 13 - who had been groomed and directed to perform sex acts over livestream by the American. Tens of thousands of girls in the … [Read more...] about Global taskforce tackles cybersex child trafficking in the Philippines
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At the Youth Entrepreneurship Forum 2018 last month, Minister of Information and Communication Nguyen Manh Hung suggested that the Prime Minister should soon recognize English as the second official language of Vietnam to help startups reach out to the world. The proposal stirred a heated discussion on social media and prompted numerous professionals to pitch in with their views and opinions. While some welcomed the idea and supported widespread use of the language in Vietnam, others were wary of the cultural, legal and other implications of formalizing it as an official language. Everyone agreed that it was good to improve English use and fluency in the country, so the debate boiled down to whether declaring and using it as an official language was a feasible, practical option for Vietnam. Professor Chung Hoang Chuong, who has juggled teaching at the University of California and doing research in Vietnam, was optimistic about Vietnam having two official languages. Chuong, currently a … [Read more...] about English as an official language in Vietnam: would it work?
People Filipino American singer performs in pedestrian square to ring in New Year Hoang Phong Tuesday, Jan 2, 2018,23:21 (GMT+7) Filipino American singer performs in pedestrian square to ring in New YearHoang Phong Filipino American singer Apl de Ap (L) poses for a photo with Vietnamese Australian singer Thanh Bui at Ben Thanh Market on December 30 - PHOTO: TRAN VU Filipino American singer Allan Pineda Lindo, also known as Apl de Ap, came to Vietnam for the first time to stage an impressive music performance in the New Year countdown festival in Nguyen Hue pedestrian square on December 31. The festival attracted more than 50,000 local youths and foreign tourists on New Year’s Eve. Before the main event, the singer took a tour of famous landmarks in HCMC such as Ben Thanh Market to learn about the history of the age-old market and the Vietnamese culinary culture during his first visit to the country. Furthermore, the … [Read more...] about Filipino American singer performs in pedestrian square to ring in New Year