Philippines activists fear new cybercrime law will target trans people

New cybercrime prevention act will lead to extortion and harassment of trans people by the police, ProGay Philippines say

Philippines activists fear new cybercrime law will target trans people
25 September 2012

Gay rights activists in the Philippines have warned that a new cybercrime law will lead to extortion and harassment of trans people by the police.

ProGay Philippines say they are particularly concerned about the vague definition of ‘cybersex crime’ in the legislation which carries penalties of six years in jail or a 500,000 Pesos fine ($12,000, €9,300).

‘There are many transgenders who are forced by poverty into baring their bodies before a webcam just to feed their families and send their siblings to school, and they are unwilling victims of trafficking by profiteers,’ said secretary general of ProGay Baguio Clyde Pumihic.

‘This law can potentially double the victimization of poor trans and gay persons.’

ProGay Philippines are also concerned that the criminalization of paying for sex online will lead to more real-life encounters and an increase in HIV and STD transmission.

‘Consenting online sex using just shared images and words in real time are a safer alternative to meeting strangers who may use force to commit unsafe sex or life-threatening violent behaviour,’ said Pumihic, appealing to the Supreme Court to declare the law unconstitutional because of invasion of privacy.

ProGay Philippines called on the President to pass the much-delayed anti-discrimination bill instead and to provide employment opportunities for trans Filipinos so they don’t become tempted by sex work.

President Benigno Aquino III signed the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 into law on 12 September, and concerns have also been raised about the law’s potential infringement on freedom of speech.  

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

Russia fires teachers for being gay, thugs threaten to ruin their lives

After being told their lives would be ruined unless they quit work, a gay and bisexual teacher were kicked out of their jobs but will not give in to the homophobia
No thumbnail available

Two dads holding their baby for the first time will melt your heart

Overcome by their new baby born on at the weekend, the couple says the pictures represent what 'Pride' is all about
No thumbnail available

Gaydar fights back with mobile web service

Gaydar responds to strong competition in gay men’s smartphone dating market with release of new service and promises changes to Gaydar Girls soon
No thumbnail available

Pennsylvania State Senator Jim Ferlo comes out: 'I’m gay. Get over it. I love it'

Lawmaker makes announcement during rally pushing for state hate crimes laws to include LGBTI protections
No thumbnail available

Cake Boy: Meet the gay French baker to the stars, Eric Lanlard

Gay baker Eric Lanlard has made cakes for Madonna, Lady Gaga and even Britain’s late Queen Mother but he also loves to share recipes you can do at home
No thumbnail available

Mayor of Antwerp calls for ban on civil servants wearing rainbow t-shirts

The city's mayor said rainbow t-shirts conflict with the coalition government's policy of neturality
No thumbnail available

Judge rules gay couples can get married in Illinois' Cook County - starting today

Federal judge says 'there is no reason to delay further' and wait until June for implementation
No thumbnail available

Copenhagen bids to make Eurovision even gayer

All the news from Eurovision's red carpet! Last year's winner speaks to Gay Star News about what Denmark has to offer as we prepare for our biggest ever Eurovision
No thumbnail available

Record number of gays seeking seats in US election

Nine openly gay candidates are running as major-party nominees for the House of Representatives or the Senate in November's US election
No thumbnail available

‘Pregnant man’ Thomas Beatie denied divorce

An Arizona judge has ruled the trans man can’t divorce his wife because of the questionable validity of the marriage