MANILA – Police arrested an Australian national and rescued 15 minors who are alleged victims of human trafficking in a town of Cebu.
The 11 girls and 4 boys were rescued from a resort in Datag Poblacion in Cordova town.
Authorities were aided by a non-government organization, Children's Legal Bureau, in the rescue operation.
The minors were found inside two rooms in the resort allegedly rented out by the suspect Peter James Robinson. Robinson allegedly invited the minors to a party in the resort.
But according to Senior Inspector Peter Nunez, Chief of Cordova Police Station, one of the victims complained that the foreigner took nude pictures of her and touched her private parts.
But the Australian national denied the accusations against him. He has been to Cebu for vacation four times.
Police will be filing cases of human trafficking, violations of the Cyber Pornography Law and R.A. 7610.
The children are now in custody by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
The girls will be examined at the pink room of Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center. The suspect is now detained at the Cordova Police Station.