A Cebu mother who was caught forcing her 15-year-old daughter to perform sex acts online has been sentenced to 16 years in jail.
The 56-year-old — who cannot be named to protect her daughter’s anonymity — pleaded guilty to charges of attempted trafficking in persons and attempt to commit child trafficking at a Cebu court yesterday (Monday, January 28).
Judge Ramon Daomilas also fined the woman, who is currently detained at the Mandaue City Jail, 1.1 million pesos.
The mother was originally charged with qualified trafficking in persons, which carries the penalty of life imprisonment and a fine of not less than two million pesos.
However, the charge against her was downgraded to attempted trafficking and attempt to commit child trafficking after she agreed to a plea bargaining agreement with the prosecution.
The woman was arrested during a police operation on May 27, 2017, at her home in Mandaue City.
Anti-Cybercrime Group in Central Visayas operatives, in coordination with the International Justice Mission-Cebu (IJM-Cebu), arrested her while her 15-year-old daughter was performing an online live sex show for a foreign customer.
In a statement, lawyer John Tanagho, field office director of IJM-Cebu, expressed his satisfaction over the woman’s conviction.
“Justice is served with today’s conviction through plea bargaining and 16-year prison sentence of the accused,” he said. “And because of plea bargaining, the child victim no longer needs to testify against the accused trafficker.
“This result is possible because of close coordination between prosecutors, social workers supporting the survivor, and the other parties in the justice system.”
The IJM is a global organisation that campaigns against the online sexual exploitation of children and slavery.
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