An Australian national and his Filipino partner were sentenced to life imprisonment after the court found them guilty of human trafficking and child pornography charges in Cebu on Tuesday.
During the promulgation of the case, Judge Marlon Moneva of the Regional Trial Court Brach 20 also ordered Drew Frederick Shobbrook to pay a fine of P3 million.
Shobbrook was found guilty of two counts of human trafficking and child pornography.
His Filipina partner, Leslie Ann Fernandez, was also sentenced to life in jail and ordered to pay a fine of P2 million for human trafficking in persons.
Operatives of the National Bureau of Investigation arrested Shobbrook and Fernandez in his apartment in April 2013.
A total of 15 girls, all minors were rescued during the operation.
Operatives also recovered several sex toys, used condoms, sex pills and computers with pornographic materials from his apartment.
Atty. John Tanagho, field office director of the International Justice Mission, said the conviction is a victory in their fight against human trafficking.
Atty. Salvador Solima, lawyer of the accused, said that they will be appealing the judge's decision.