Nine children, including a two-year-old have been rescued from a cyberporn den in Leyte.
A female suspect is now in custody after being caught offering to sexually abuse the children — including her own eight-year-old daughter — for online customers.
The raid in MacArthur Town today (Friday, November 10) followed surveillance of the suspect, who allegedly invited an undercover cop to pay 1,500 pesos for a “show”.
Earlier in the investigation, she had offered to sexually abuse a three-month-old baby, and boasted that clients could request specific sex acts “until the children cried in pain”.
Speaking to Rappler, Senior Superintendent Romeo Perigo, the police’s Women and Children Protection Center Leyte field officer, said: “She chatted with the police decoy and offered that minors would do a cyberporn show for a fee.
“She demanded 1,500 pesos for the show, then when we got the requirements for violations of [Republic Act] 9208, RA 9775, and RA 7610, we rushed to her house.”
RA 9208 is the Anti-Human Trafficking in Persons Act, RA 9775 is the Anti-Child Pornography Act, and RA 7610 is the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act.
According to initial investigations, the parents of the other rescued minors did not know that the suspect had been creating and distributing cyberporn.
FBI’s cyberporn tip-off…
Sr. Supt. Perigo said they got the tip-off about the suspect from the FBI, which coordinated with Canadian authorities after the arrest of a client of the suspect earlier this year.
The raid was assisted by the International Justice Mission (IJM), an international organisation that seeks to protect the poor and vulnerable from abuse and exploitation.
According to the IJM, the suspect told her online customers that she could sexually abuse children of any age, and that the victims could be abused in any way the customer requested “until the children cried in pain”.
She even allegedly offered to sexually abuse a three-month-old baby in exchange for money. An infant of that age was not found in suspect’s house.
The children have been taken to the Department of Social Welfare and Development “for assessment and evaluation”.
The suspect is now detained at the Leyte Provincial Police Office awaiting charges.