When Philippine police smashed into the one-bedroom house, they found three girls aged 11, seven and three lying naked on a bed.
At the other end of the room stood the mother of two of the children – the third was her niece – and her eldest daughter, aged 13, who was typing on a keyboard.
Her guise was intended to put them at ease, to show them she worked in the same industry; she was one of them.
She became close to the eldest, referred to as Nicole although that is not her real name.
Adultery is illegal in the Philippines, where it can incur a seven-year jail sentence.
Now, just weeks after the birth of baby Janina, Cynthia's estranged husband - who is considered the child's legal father in the Philippines - is determined to see the pair imprisoned if they do not pay him £7,000 compensation.
"I can't believe this has happened to me," he said at his hideaway in a squalid suburb of the Philippines capital Manila, after almost two months on the run.
After a few days of chatting, Nicole causally told the agent about their “shows”.
“It was the first time we heard of parents using their children,” said the middle-aged woman.
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