Police arrested a 45-year-old mother in Mandaue City after she was caught offering to record herself sexually abusing her young daughters.
The entrapment operation was carried out by the police’s Women and Children Protection Center-Visayas Field Unit, the Mandaue City Police Office and the Special Weapons and Tactics yesterday (Tuesday, April 16).
It came as a result of a cyber tip-off by the Department of Justice Office of Cybercrime. This followed an alert issued by the US-based National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Also involved in the operation were the International Justice Mission (IJM), a non-governmental organisation that works globally to combat slavery and the exploitation of children.
Police rescued the suspect’s three daughters, aged six and seven, who are now in the protective custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
“Aside from the three girls, authorities also removed the suspect’s two other children, aged 13 and 17, for
assessment as they are considered at risk of exploitation. The siblings are now receiving trauma-informed care,” an IJM statement said today.
The suspect may face life imprisonment and a fine of up to five million pesos if found guilty of violating the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act or Republic Act 9208.
She will also face complaints for violation of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 (RA 10175) and Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009 (RA 9775), both of which carry penalties of up to 40 years imprisonment.
Yesterday, we reported that the Australian government announced funding worth nearly 300 million pesos to tackle online child sex abuse in the Philippines. The SaferKidsPH initiative was signed at the Australian Embassy in Makati
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