As she drives, she tells stories of various cases of sexual abuse in the neighborhood, some so graphic they are unfit for publication. She once studied law, and her father was a judge, so she knows how to systematically take action against injustice. The small city for which Gairanod feels responsible hasn't just become an enormous daily challenge for her.There is the neighbor who turned a family in, she says, the man who rents out his laptop and there, she says, pointing to a house, there was something with a cat. Cordova is a culture in which people pretend that open secrets don't exist, especially one as disgraceful as this.The clip shows three girls lying naked on a bed in their hut. The video, shot in Gairanod's city, not far from her office, is three years old.
They argue that no real abuse takes place, that there is no rape and that the chats and live images of naked children are still better than conventional prostitution.
There are even cases in which several families share a laptop and build a business at home, or in which youths prostitute themselves in separate booths at Internet cafés.
A Pervasive Problem She knows that cybersex has become a hidden source of income for the poorest of the poor in the Philippines in recent years, a business worth billions -- and one in which anyone with an Internet connection and a Web camera can get involved.
In areas where there is no tourism, like her small city, it's the only form of prostitution.
But the production of cybersex videos continued on mobile devices, smartphones and i Pads, which connect to the Internet using Wi Fi. She steers her car past children playing in the sand and mangy dogs scavenging in a pile of garbage.
The air is humid from the rain that fell the night before, and the smell of grilled fish and earth blows in through the car window. She doesn't like to be seen in the streets of Ibabao, where the people watch as she drives by.
The problem is a product of the unusual confluence of poverty and an excellent digital infrastructure that is especially pronounced in Southeast Asia.
In 2013, Asia had 1.3 billion Internet users, the largest number of any region worldwide.
Every morning at 10, she arrives in her office at the town hall, a large, beige building with a health clinic, offices for the town's three social workers and a 78-year-old mayor who delegates all the work to Gairanod.