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Reddit users flag ‘Hanap Jowa’ Facebook groups with minors as preference

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Some users of an internet discussion board sought assist to report suspicious Facebook pages that appeared to advertise baby exploitation on the platform.

A Reddit person shared on November 23 a TikTok video that confirmed some disturbing contents of a Facebook web page known as “Hanap jowa 11 to 13.”

It was shared on r/Philippines, an internet discussion board for points and different subjects associated to the Philippines.

“FBI open up,” the net person wrote.

The quick video confirmed images of the general public group web page’s profile and among the posts there.

Based on the clip, the group has 124,400 members and is seen to the general public.

The posts confirmed a sure man who gave the impression to be searching for a companion ideally between the ages of 11 and 13 years outdated.

The put up was upvoted over 2,000 occasions on the discussion board.

In the dialogue part, different Reddit users expressed alarm over such group pages. They urged others to assist report them to Facebook and to correct authorities.

“Dude, this must cease…Kailangang mareport yang group na yan sa kinauukulan. Ni hindi pa pasok sa consenting age yung hanap nila at kung lumagpas nga dun (depende sa age vary), it nonetheless reeks of pedophilia,” one Reddit person said.

“Pedophiles are so normalized in our tradition that FB groups exist for these males. Kill it with hearth!” one other on-line person wrote.

Others raised the opportunity of the police creating on-line accounts for entrapment operations.

“Would be fascinating if PNP created pages like this particularly for trapping strolling trash baggage like him,” one Reddit person said.

Another on-line person speculated if these groups had been made by youngsters themselves to idiot round.

“I wouldn’t be stunned if the group was made by precise 11-13 yr olds given how a lot they’re uncovered to socmed made worse by the pandemic. I imply they made a bunch for sharing homework modules. Yun lang this group is worse and it’ll appeal to the more serious type of offenders,” the person said.

A brand new scheme?

Cursory test on Facebook revealed that there are a number of on-line groups with the title “Hanap jowa” or “searching for a companion, lover” in English.

Most of them might be accessed publicly, whereas others are for members-only.

The most well-liked age vary additionally differs per group.

Nevertheless, all of them appeared to choose minors as younger as 11 years outdated as their “lovers.”

The numbers of their members additionally range from 100 to greater than 10,000.

Screenshot of Facebook pages known as “Hanap Jowa” captured on 26 November 2021

Moreover, the profiles and images of the pages are fairly similar.

This made it tough to find out if the precise web page proven on the TikTok video remains to be an energetic Facebook group.

One Reddit person who commented on the principle put up recalled the controversial “Mahilig sa Bata” Facebook pages that had been reported final yr.

“Naalala ko na tuloy ung group dati sa fb “samahan ng mga mahilig sa bata”. T*ng*na kadiri,” one person said.

Sen. Risa Hontiveros, additionally a girls’s rights activist, sought assist from the general public to report the ‘Mahilig sa Bata’ pages that had been concerned in sexually exploiting kids on-line.

As of writing, the Senate Bill No. 2068 additionally identified as the Anti-Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children legislation or Anti-OSAEC Law has but to be signed into legislation.

READ: Hontiveros urges public to report social media pages sexually exploiting children online anew (philstar.com)

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