An­other hu­man trafficker nabbed in Tal­isay, eight mi­nors res­cued

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - By Nes­tle L. Semilla REPORTER

THEY never learn.

De­spite an on­go­ing crack­down against those in­volved in cy­ber­pornog­ra­phy, an­other al­leged hu­man trafficker was ar­rested by po­lice on Thurs­day af­ter­noon in an en­trap­ment op­er­a­tion in Barangay Can­so­jong, Tal­isay City.

This time, eight mi­nors aged three to 17 were res­cued from the hands of their 31-year-old rel­a­tive, who al­legedly took lewd videos of the vic­tims and sold them on­line.

The Anti-Cy­ber­crime Group (ACG)-Visayas Field Unit nabbed a for­mer call cen­ter agent who al­legedly of­fered to sex­u­ally abuse three young girls dur­ing the en­trap­ment op­er­a­tion.

“She of­fered us a nude live show of these three mi­nors, aged 10, 14, and 17 for P5,000,” said Chief Insp. Leo Dofiles, ACGVisayas Field Unit chief.

Dofiles said that the sus­pected hu­man trafficker is re­lated to some of the mi­nors.

The op­er­a­tion was done in co­or­di­na­tion with the Depart­ment of So­cial Wel­fare and Devel­op­ment (DSWD), Cebu Pro­vin­cial Po­lice Of­fice (CPPO), and the In­ter­na­tional Jus­tice Mis­sion (IJM).

Atty. John Tanagho, IJM-Cebu Field Of­fice Direc­tor, said that of the eight mi­nors, three were con­firmed vic­tims.

The rest, he said, are con­sid­ered “at-risk for abuse” since they were in­side the sus­pect’s house when the op­er­a­tion was con­ducted.

“Yes­ter­day’s res­cue and en­trap­ment op­er­a­tion shows that mul­ti­ple po­lice units are ac­tively in­ves­ti­gat­ing the per­pe­tra­tors of on­line sex­ual ex­ploita­tion in Cebu. It’s high time that peo­ple re­spect the dig­nity of chil­dren,” Tanagho said.

The 31-year-old was the eighth sus­pected child trafficker ar­rested in Cebu this year.

The ar­rest came a day af­ter an Australian na­tional and his Filip­ina live-in part­ner were meted life terms by a Ca­gayan de Oro City court for hu­man traf­fick­ing.

Peter Ger­ard Scully and Carme Ann Al­varez were also or­dered to pay a fine of P5 mil­lion each for forc­ing chil­dren to per­form ap­palling sex­ual acts and tor­tur­ing them while tak­ing videos of the or­deal and sell­ing the videos on­line.

The ar­rest of the Can­so­jong, Tal­isay sus­pect brings to eight the num­ber of cy­ber­porn crim­i­nals col­lared this year.

Last June 9, op­er­a­tives ar­rested a preg­nant sus­pect in Cor­dova town for traf­fick­ing six chil­dren.

Last May 16, a mother was ar­rested and three teenage girls, in­clud­ing her own daugh­ter, were res­cued in San Fer­nando, Cebu.

Anti-On­line Sex­ual Ex­ploita­tion of Chil­dren (OSEC) oper­a­tions were also con­ducted in Cor­dova and Tal­isay City last April 23, and in Lapu-Lapu City last Fe­bru­ary 26.

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