2 mothers peddling children for online porn arrested in Cebu, Davao

Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 15 2018 01:11 PM

MANILA - The Philippine National Police Women and Children Protection Center (PNP-WCPC) arrested two mothers in separate operations in Cebu City and Davao City after they were caught peddling their own children in online live sex. 

Operatives raided a house in Maligaya Village, Cordillera St. in Catalunan Pequeño, Davao City before noon Wednesday and rescued a 6-year-old boy while in the middle of online live sex. Relatives of the boy were also rescued. 

According to WCPC, investigation started when authorities arrested an alleged pedophile in Sweden accused of rape. Investigators discovered numerous sensitive photos inside his cellphone which were taken in the Philippines. 

“May kaso siya sa kaniyang bansa na alleged rape. Doon sa nakumpiskang cellphone sa kaniya, may nakitang images doon na ishinare naman sa atin ng ating mga partners sa foreign law enforcement community. Lumalabas sa imbestigasyon nila na sa Pilipinas nakuha ang mga images na ito, live streaming,” WCPC Director Chief Supt. William Macavinta said. 

(He has a case of alleged rape abroad. In the cellphone confiscated from him, images were found and they were shared to us by our partners in the foreign law enforcement community. Investigation found that these images were taken in the Philippines [via] livestreaming.)

Macavinta said undercover agents were deployed to engage the suspect. 

“'Yung nanay mismo ang gumagawa sa anak niya at naka-live streaming, kitang-kita ang mukha ng suspek na lumalabas na talagang pinapanood niya ito,” he explained. 

(It was the mom herself who was involved and they were live streaming, the suspect's face was very clear (on the screen), he was watching.)

The WCPC Visayas Field Unit also rescued 6 minors in Barangay Ibabaw in Cordova, Cebu City.

Two suspects, including one mother, were arrested after they were caught selling sensitive photos of children and relatives in exchange for P3,000. 

“Lumalabas po na ginagamit niya lahat depende sa transaction nila kung anong gustong mangyari at request ng suspect, ng kliyente nila online,” Macavinta said. 

(It appears that it depends on their transaction, they do what the client wants or requests online.)

Macavinta added that police are concerned because the mothers themselves were behind the prostitution of their own children. 

“'Yung nai-involve 'yung inaasahan nating magprotekta sa kanilang mga anak, ay sila pa po mismo ang gumagawa ng kahalayan sa kanilang mga anak,” Macavinta said. 

(The ones we expect to protect their children are the ones abusing them.)

According to WCPC, the Philippines is one of the favorite sources of exploitative materials of pedophiles abroad. 

Macavinta said both operations were successful because of the cooperation of their foreign counterparts in battling online child sexual exploitation. 

“Nakatulong din tayo sa foreign law enforcement community para mapalakas ang kaso nila laban dito sa suspek na ito. In the same manner na mapaparusahan din natin ang mga facilitator na nag-provide sa kaniya ng ganitong live show,” Macavinta said. 

(We were also able to help the foreign law enforcement community to strengthen their case against the suspect. In the same manner, we will be able to punish whoever facilitated and provided him with this kind of live show.)

From July 2016 to May 16, 2018, there have been 47 operations against online sexual exploitation of children, where almost 160 minors were rescued, police said. In the cases, 57 suspects were arrested and 60 were convicted. 

According to human rights and law enforcement organization International Justice Mission, the entrapment and rescue operation was a result of close cross-border coordination between Philippine law enforcement agencies and their counterparts, including the Nordic Liaison Office.
 
The operations were also a result of the Advanced Investigative Workshop (AIW) conducted by the Australian Federal Police and Dutch National Police, in cooperation with International Justice Mission for the PNP-WCPC and the National Bureau of Investigation. The AIW is funded in part by a grant from the United States Department of State.
 
The suspects will be charged with violation of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act and the Anti-Child Pornography Act.