101 East

The Philippines’ Queen of Extortion

We investigate how a lucrative online sex scam empire in the Philippines blackmails men around the world.

From a ramshackle village north of Manila, a seedy criminal enterprise is taking place.

Using social media and fake personas, a ruthless young gang is luring unsuspecting men from around the world into explicit online chats.

The men then discover the chats have been secretly recorded and will be publicly released unless they pay vast sums of money.

While the scam is making the criminal syndicate rich, it is leading some of the victims to suicide.

101 East investigates a lucrative online “sextortion” racket in the Philippines.