An unsuspecting victim of the 'pastor' Facebook groups, where lewd photos and videos of women are being shared without their knowledge or consent, has come forward to file an official complaint on the matter.
According to the 22-year-old victim, she recently started getting indecent proposals, inappropriate messages and tons of friend requests from strangers, GMA News Online reports.
It turns out that someone edited the victim’s photos to make her appear naked, then shared these to at least four pastor groups on Facebook. The accompanying caption also had her offering sexual services due to supposed financial problems for a rate of P5,000.
“May nag-inform po sa akin na ginawa daw pong clickbait yung picture ko papuntang porn site. Mayroon din pong nag-inform din po sa akin na yung picture ko po ay in-edit po para magkaroon ng naked body. Ang pinagtataka ko po at nasasaktan po ako dahil wala naman po akong litratong mga ganoon,” she said.
The victim already aired her concern to the Philippine National Police (PNP) Anti-Cybercrime group. “Kung sakaling mahuli natin yung nag-share nito na account, kasuhan natin siya. Wag niyong isipin na walang mangyayari sa kaso natin. Mahuhuli natin yan,” a desk officer said.
Meanwhile, Senator Risa Hontiveros has pushed for the passage of a bill that seeks to impose up to 10 years of jail time and a fine ranging from P100,000 to P500,000 for individuals who post, share and swap indecent photos of women and children online.
The PNP for their part also has a few basic tips for avid social media users, especially females so they could avoid these incidents if they follows these online safety precautions:
1) Make your social media accounts private
This is the first and best step you can do to protect yourself. Having a private account will deter stalkers and other suspicious individuals from having access to your photos and videos.
2) Don’t display personal info
If you use your social media accounts for work then it’s probably okay to display your professional email. Otherwise, only share these details privately with people you trust.
3) Avoid accepting friend requests from strangers
They might just have an innocent admiration for you or simply want to be friends, but it's difficult to know a person's intentions, especially if the acquaintance is made online.
You can get in touch with the National Bureau of Investigation to report similar incidents by emailing email@example.com or calling their trunk line at 523 8231 to 38.