Cybersex den operator arrested in Leyte

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Tacloban City (CNN Philippines, November 19) — Six persons, including children as young as 7 and 8, were rescued from a cybersex den operator arrested in Leyte, police said.

Women and Children Protection Center Visayas Unit chief PLtCol Mary Grace Madayag said those rescued on Wednesday afternoon were three boys aged 16, 8, and 7, and three females aged 11, 13 and 18. She said they could not divulge further information about the case as it involved minors.

The suspect is a 23-year-old woman whose name was also withheld. She is said to be a relative of the rescued minors.

The suspect was arrested in her house and was caught livestreaming with the 13-year-old in exchange for money. Two cellphones used for the illegal act were also confiscated.

The rescued children where brought to a facility of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, while the arrested woman was taken to the local police station.

Madayag said they received information that a foreigner who visited the village last year took the now 13-year-old girl out of town for about a week.

Police in Eastern Visayas under PBGen Ronaldo De Jesus began investigating and planning the rescue after authorities received a tip from an informant.

The suspect will be facing charges under Republic Act 10364 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act which has a mandatory penalty of life imprisonment if convicted, and criminal charges for violating RA 9775 or the Anti-Child Pornography Act in relation to RA 10175 or the Cybercrime Preventions Act.