A woman was jailed after she allegedly offered to live stream the sexual abuse of her three minor children and nephew in exchange for money in Caloocan City.
According to the police report, the combined forces of the Philippine National Police – Women and Children Protection Center – Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division (PNP WCPC-ATIPD) and the National Bureau of Investigation – Non-Human Trafficking Division (NBI-AHTRAD) arrested the 35-year-old suspect at his home this Friday.
Her minor children are aged eight to 17, while her nephew is four years old.
The suspect’s activities were traced when the Australian Federal Police made a referral to the Philippine Internet Crimes Against Children Center (PICACC), which prompted PNP-WCPC-ATIPD and NBI-AHTRAD to conduct investigations.
The victims are now under the care of the Caloocan City Social Welfare and Development Office.
The suspect will face charges in violation of RA 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012, RA 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act, RA 9775 or the Anti Child Pornography Act and RA 7610 or the Anti-Child Abuse Act.
Online sexual abuse of children amid lockdown
In April, authorities arrested 42-year-old Norwegian and his 22-year-old female partner in a suspected cybersex den in Dumaguete City.
With the validity of the search warrant, operatives, along with City Social Welfare and Development Office officials rescued four women, including a 23-year-old, 27-year-old, 36-year-old, as well as a 4-year-old girl from the cybersex den.
Sex toys were also recovered from the rented house of the suspects.
Based on the authorities’ investigation, customers abroad paid the suspects in exchange for sexually explicit videos of women.
On May 22, police rescued 13 women, including 12 minors, from another cybersex den in Barangay Ambago in Butuan City.
Authorities said four of the victims were aged one to three years old.
The nine victims, aged 11 to 19, were forced to work for P2,000 to P20,000, depending on the type of “show” the online client had requested from the Philippines or abroad.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) earlier said that the number of reported online sexual exploitation of children in the Philippines soared by 260 percent during the lockdown.
The DOJ explained the increase could have been caused by the surge of internet users after more than 50 million people in the Philippines were locked down to prevent the spread of COVID-19.