MANILA - A 35-year-old woman has been arrested for allegedly peddling her two children and her neighbor’s children to pedophiles on the internet through an online sex video.
Philippine National Police Women and Children Protection Center (PNP-WCPC) operatives raided a house in Capas, Tarlac and found a naked boy who appeared to be performing for a foreign pedophile online.
Authorities said among the 5 children rescued, 2 were the suspect’s own children and 3 were her neighbor’s children. The youngest of the victims is a 6-month-old baby.
PNP-WCPC Director Chief Supt. William Macavinta said the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Dutch National Police, and Australian Federal Police gave them information about the suspicious activities online.
“Nag-emanate itong information sa pagkahuli ng isang Irish national, tapos based on that, nag-request sila ng assistance dito. Na-trace nila na ang mga kausap nito ay nagmula dito sa Pilipinas,” Macavinta said.
Macavinta said it is possible that her neighbor was not aware that her children were being used for online prostitution.
The WCPC said Filipino pimps have a network with pedophiles abroad.
“Meron din silang mga network na tinitingnan eh. May mga referral na nangyayari kaya nagkakaalaman sila. Kung maalala mo noong interview namin, binabanggit, niya kung sino ang mga kaparehas niya na ganon din ang gawain, nag nagkakaroon ng referral sa mga kliyente,” Macavinta said.
Pedophiles are able to source children easily in the Philippines, according to police. A simple home setup with internet connection enables the children to be made available online at any time.
“Mas gusto nila dahil kahit pa 'barok' nakakasalita ng Ingles. Accessibility po sa internet, nandoon isa yon sa dahilan kung bakit naging paborito nilang target,” Macavinta said.
The rescue operation is the first result of the Advanced Investigative Workshop conducted by the Australian Federal Police and Dutch National Police, in cooperation with International Justice Mission.