Police arrested a 25-year-old woman in an undisclosed province in Luzon allegedly engaged in the cyber-sex trafficking of minors, including her own children.
Seven children, several of them are male, ages 3 to 14 rescued from the suspect’s house. Four of these are children of the sex trafficker herself.
“We assure the public – and warn criminals – that our mandate to safeguard Filipino children from online sexual exploitation remains despite the community quarantines in effect around the country,” said Brigadier General Alessandro Abella, who heads the Philippine National Police (PNP) Women and Children Protection Center (WCPC).
It was the second police operation against Online Child Sexual Exploitation or OSEC during the coronavirus lockdown that president Rodrigo Duterte has imposed on Luzon since March.
The PNP’s WCPC and Anti-Cybercrime Group, with support from the United States Homeland Security Investigations and the International Mission for Justice (IJM), conducted the raid.
“We recognize lockdowns as an important step to contain the coronavirus, but we also acknowledge that one unintended consequence of this is that vulnerable children are being trapped with abusers and traffickers in their homes,” IJM Philippines director Samson Inocencio Jr said in a statement.