Baguio 'cyberporn call center' fails to take off

Posted at 01/30/2014 10:03 PM

BAGUIO CITY -- A call center in Baguio City was shut down even before it opened after its main office in Manila was raided on Tuesday for selling pornographic material.

The alleged Baguio City branch of Werrcomm Solutions Incorporated started renting an office space in Palma Urbano, Baguio City last December 26, and was supposed to open on January 20. It was delayed after its administrators failed to show a business permit.

Eleven male employees in the office of Werrcomm Solutions Incorporated, located along Valenzuela Street in Sta. Mesa, Manila, were caught Tuesday engaging in online transactions with foreigners seeking pornographic content on the Internet.

Barangay Captain Alberto Reyes said he asked village officials to check the company after he saw on the news that a company with the same name was raided in Manila.

They were not surprised to find all the company's posters removed, and the office empty.

According to 5 newly-hired call center agents, they were supposed to have an orientation on Wednesday, but no one was inside the building.

The company promised to give them P900 for each website that they can sell.

They were also informed that they will be communicating with clients through chat.

They admitted that they had no idea that they will be selling pornographic materials.

Authorities discovered pornographic pictures and sample chat conversations in one of the computers left inside the office.

Insp. Joel Lana of Baguio City Police Office said they will investigate the connection of the call center with the company in Manila.

They plan to turn over the case to the National Bureau of Investigation.

They will also get a statement from the employees to help them file charges against their employer. -- report from Ada Sibayan, ABS-CBN News North Luzon