'Dark web' case: Teacher arrested for offering own niece to foreigner

Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 11 2017 12:40 AM | Updated as of Oct 11 2017 05:53 AM

The Anti Trafficking in Persons Division of the PNP Women and Children’s Protection Center (PNP-WCPC) has arrested a grade school teacher who allegedly pimped his own 10-year-old niece to a suspected foreign pedophile.

In a surveillance video taken by ATIPD operatives, suspect Joel Ragodos was caught in the act of receiving payment from the alleged pedophile for one week of time with his niece amounting to P30,000.

As soon as Ragodos got the marked money, operatives of the PNP Anti Trafficking in Persons Division rescued the child victim.

Authorities said Ragodos’ modus is to offer his niece to foreign patrons in exchange for money, who in turn take video shots of their sexual acts with the child.

The Australian Federal Police brought the case to the attention of the PNP WCPC after they arrested a pedophile French national.

Senior Superintendent Villamor Tuliao, chief of the ATIPD, said: “This case was referred to us by the Australian Federal Police sometime in July, because of the arrest of a French national abusing a Filipina girl…they find ang bata 'yung Filipina, na-identify nila yung facilitator, came from the Philippines.”

Police said Ragodos facilitated previous transactions of the French national.

“In the case nong French national, ipinadala niya ang bata sa Dumaguete at doon ginawa ang abuse dito sa bata. So etong perpetrator, ibibenta niya not only yung video, but also in sex tourism ginagamit niya itong bata na ibinebenta to anyone na pwedeng maging client nitong bata,” Tuliao said.

“Umamin itong bata na pati ang tiyuhin niya, ina-abuse siya,” he added.

Authorities recovered a lubricant and a sex toy from the back pack of the suspect and his niece.

According to WCPC, this is the first case related to the dark web that they have solved.

 

The dark web is internet content that cannot be accessed without specific software, configuration, or authorization. 

"Sa landscape ng internet meron kase tayong nakikita na maliit na portion nung iceberg ng internet. Yung lahat ng na-a-access natin na internet, Facebook, Yahoo, ito yung maliit na portion na nasa ibabaw. Yung next na pinakamalaki ay yung deep web, eto yung highly secured na, like medical records, financial statements, bank records," said Superintendent Sheila Portento, officer in charge of PNP-WCPC operations. said.

“Security conscious din itong criminals natin. Hindi na sila puwedeng to any other normal regular sites, kase madali silang matunton, they resort to dark web kase yugn level nga mas malalim. Kahit kami hindi rin basta basta makakapsok without the help of our foreign counterparts. Not everyone can access sa dark web, kase nga unang-una they deal illegal transactions here, so for as long as, walang magbibigay sa iyo ng access papasok,” she added.

Ragodos denied allegations that he is pimping her niece to pedophiles.

“Birthday niya kase kaya isinama ko siya sa mall,” Ragodos said.

“Yung foreigner, in-entrap niya lang ako,” he claimed.

Ragodos will be charged with violation of Anti Trafficking Act of 9208 and RA 7610 or Anti Child Abuse Law.

The 10-year-old minor is now under the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.