Almost every case stems from the Philippines, where good English speakers, increased internet connections and widespread international cash transfer systems combine with widespread poverty and easy access to vulnerable kids.
There have been as many as three busts a week there this spring.
He was licensed as a roofing contractor in his 30s, seasonal work which left winters free; he used the time to study computers.
“I’m schizophrenic, you know,” he later told the AP, looping his finger at his temple.
The vans passed Fields Avenue, a notorious street lined with bars, strip clubs and massage parlors; shops advertise Viagra and lingerie-clad women beckon customers.
When they reached Deakin’s apartment, a small cadre went to his door.
Two years later, he moved there for a job setting up internet service providers and installing Blackmagic livestreaming production programs.
“The office computers were full of pornography,” Deakin would write to Filipino authorities three years later, when an inter-office argument led to immigration charges.