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Caparas lauds cybersex conviction

Justice Secretary Emmanuel Caparas has lauded the conviction of a woman who used her 10-year-old daughter and other female minors for cybersex in Taguig City.

Caparas said the accused was found guilty by a Taguig City court last April of qualified trafficking in persons, child abuse, and obscene publications and exhibitions.

She was sentenced to life imprisonment as well as ordered to pay a total amount of P2,102,000 in fines, P125,000 in civil indemnity, and P175,000 in damages.

The accused was arrested during an operation conducted in August 2014 by the National Bureau of Investigation in cooperation with the United States Homeland Security Investigations-Immigration and Custom Enforcement that led to the rescue of her daughter.

The accused was caught chatting with an undercover agent from the USHSI-ICE and her daughter was already starting to get dressed.

Caparas commended Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking Information Technology consultant Christian Andrew Ibasco and lawyer Abdul Jamal Dimaporo of the NBI Anti-Human Trafficking Division for their role in the operation.

“The combined efforts of the NBI-AHTRAD and the DoJ-IACAT led to the successful prosecution of the case, which we hope will serve as a deterrent to cybercrime operations in the country,” Caparas said.

IACAT Executive Director Darlene Pajarito said the conviction should serve as “a warning to all human traffickers that the government is committed to bringing them to justice.” Jeffrey G. Damicog)