Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte on Thursday urged authorities to investigate a possibility of online prostitution using legitimate e-commerce websites to ply the illegal trade.
Belmonte said it was brought to her attention that racy photos of women now invade the testimonial section of a product, particularly women’s dresses and undergarments.
She added she found it strange for these women to post photos of themselves wearing underwear and other revealing dresses as testimonial for a product.
“I smell something fishy here. It seems syndicates have found a new way to take advantage of legitimate websites to do their illegal activity,” the mayor said.
“I call on the police to carefully look into this. We should not just ignore this kind of activity that destroys the morality of our society,” she added.
Belmonte appealed to the Philippine National Police to include the matter in its monitoring of social media sites while they look for quarantine violators.
Police have been instructed to activate their social media networking team to pro-actively monitor viral health protocol violations.
Belmonte has been an advocate of women’s rights since she was still the vice mayor and the city council’s presiding officer.