TAGUIG COUPLE NABBED FOR ONLINE SEX SHOWS
TAGUIG CITY – Authorities arrested a couple in Taguig City after allegedly forcing nine minors, including the female suspect’s two children, into performing sex shows online.
In a statement posted on Monday, the Taguig City government reported the two suspects were nabbed in their house in Barangay Calzada.
Rescued from the cybersex den were minors aged 5 to 15, who were allegedly made to perform sexual acts in front of a camera for livestreaming to clients in America and Europe
Each request from a client was worth P2,000 to P5,000, according to law enforcers.
Taguig City Mayor Laarni Cayetano lauded the arrest of two suspects and the rescue of nine victims during operations on Saturday.
This, as the local government partnered anew with the Homeland Security and Investigation, PNP’s Women and Children Protection Center (WCPC) and the International Justice Mission (IJM).
Meanwhile, Cayetano urged the public to continue reporting any incident of sexual exploitation, cybersex, drug abuse and human trafficking to the city's hotline – 0932-272-4888 – which is open round-the-clock.
"We are very serious about putting an end to this serious crime. There is never any room in Taguig for people who exploit minors," she added.
The city mayor also thanked Homeland, the police and IJM for working with the local government, adding the continued longstanding partnership of the city with such pertinent organizations for the past years is truly an effective way to make headway in the fight against online child exploitation.
Since 2014, the strict monitoring of the Taguig City government in close coordination with these agencies has rescued 43 minors who are being exploited online.
These rescued children have been either referred to institutions or reintegrated with their families while undergoing psychosocial interventions.
In partnership with IJM, the City of Taguig also conducts psychoeducation sessions for the relatives of children who were exploited online.
They are also given livelihood assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
As for those involved in these illegal activities, 24 suspects have been arrested and 4 have already been convicted while the others are still awaiting judgment for cases on online social exploitation of children.
"Rest assured that the City of Taguig will always act right away to protect our children," she said.