Cebu News

4 children rescued in yet another cyberporn operation in Cordova

Mylen P. Manto - The Freeman

CEBU, Philippines - Seven children were rescued by authorities in Cordova yesterday in the continuing crackdown on online pornography operations in the town.

A couple and a woman were arrested in the operation in Sitio Bangkal, Barangay Ibabao hatched by virtue of two warrants of arrests issued by Judge Soliver Peras covering two houses in the area.

Four children were rescued from one house while three others were rescued from the other.

Chief Inspector Rose Santolorin, chief of the Women and Children's Protection Center (WCPC)-Visayas Field Unit said the youngest among the children is a seven-year-old girl.

Several computers, cell- phones, and Internet-access devices were confiscated  from the suspects.

More details about the arrest and prior operations were not readily available as of yesterday.

The arrest yesterday, however, was not the first of its kind in Cordova. One of the earliest cases of cyberpornography recorded was five years ago in June 2011 when the National Bureau of Investigation and the United States Department of Homeland Security arrested a couple in Barangay Ibabao for selling their minor children in the cybersex market abroad.

The couple, just like in another case in 2013, was caught in the act of exploiting six minors, including their own children, by making them engage in explicit sexual activities in front of a web camera.

Several more subsequent arrests took place in the years that followed. (FREEMAN)

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