"It is always shocking how people can be so perverse and callous when they abuse children," Alex Nuqui, head of the National Bureau of Investigation's anti-human trafficking division, told AFP.
The mother of three of the abused children who lives nearby was also arrested, accused of forcing her children to engage in sex for money.
Villanueva is accused of forcing the children, all but one of them girls aged between 13 and 17, and another 18-year-old girl to have sex with him and each other in front of web cameras for watchers in Asia, the US and Europe.
Companies like IBM, JPMorgan, and e Bay have set up customer service operations in the Philippines; as descendants of American colonization, Filipinos often speak English with lighter accents and have greater access to American culture than Indians, who were colonized by the British.
There are now more than 1 million call center workers in a country of 98 million, and the industry accounts for an estimated 10% of the Philippine economy.
In the Philippines, transgender women get no recognition from the national government, let alone legal protections.
They cannot change their names or gender markers on any legal documents, even if they have sex reassignment surgery.
Come to the Philippines." His arrest is the second time in three months that US assistance has led Filipino authorities to cybersex suspects, as part of an international operation to stamp out pedophile rings run online.
In February, a 51-year-old Australian, Gerard Peter Scully, was arrested for allegedly sexually abusing eight girls, including an infant, and murdering one of them.
The 33-year-old Filippino was caught after a US agent, posing as an online customer, struck a deal to sleep with one of the girls at his house for 5,000 pesos (1).
Nuqui said Villanueva told the undercover US agent in an online chat: "They (the children) will fulfill all your fantasies.
In March, four Filipino suspects were arrested and two children were rescued in a suburban Manila raid.
The guard nodded in recognition without looking at Angel’s card, which showed not just the female name she’s been known as since 2007, but the male name she was given legally at birth.
But today “call centers are the new beauty parlor,” said Naomi Fontanos, the head of a major Philippine transgender organization and herself a former call center worker.