US report gives PH highest ranking in fight against human trafficking

Wenilyn B. Sabalo 07/27/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Philippines has maintained its Tier 1 ranking in a major anti-trafficking report released by the United States State Department last July 20, 2022. This recent recognition placed the country among the “most…

Woman from Lapu-Lapu City convicted for online sexual exploitation of children

Wenilyn B. Sabalo 05/24/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines- A woman from Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu was sentenced to 15 years in prison after being found guilty of trafficking offenses, specifically for engaging in online sexual exploitation of children. Violation of Republic Act 9208,…

Online trafficking: 15 years in prison for 2 Lapu-Lapu women

Doris C. Bongcac 03/26/2022

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu — Two women were sentenced to 15 years in jail after they admitted guilt for the attempted trafficking of children. Violation of Republic Act 9208 that penalises trafficking in person is also punishable with…

Woman from Lapu-Lapu gets 15 years for online exploitation of niece

Doris C. Bongcac 03/27/2021

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu – A 31-year-old woman from Lapu-Lapu City will be spending 15 years in jail for exploiting her niece online in exchange for cash. The woman (name withheld) was also directed to pay a fine…

Trafficker from Lapu-Lapu gets 17 years in prison

Morexette Marie B. Erram 07/30/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — A trial court in Lapu-Lapu City sentenced a 25-year-old female trafficker with at least 17 years of imprisonment for charges in relation to online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC). The International Justice Mission…

Online sex trafficker gets 31 years for selling, abusing young boys

Doris C. Bongcac 03/11/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines– A 34-year-old man from Cebu City was sentenced to at least 31 years in prison after pleading guilty to the attempted trafficking of two boys, aged 9 and 14 and for acts of lasciviousness.…

Two women sentenced to over 4 years in jail for the sexual exploitation of minors

Doris C. Bongcac 02/22/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Cebu City Regional Trial Court Branch 11 Judge Ramon Daomilas Jr. sentenced two women from Talisay City to over four years in jail after they pleaded guilty to the charge for the violation…

3 mothers from Lapu-Lapu City plead guilty to online trafficking charges 

Doris C. Bongcac 02/19/2020

Lapu-Lapu City Regional Trial Court Branch 70 Judge Christine Muga-Abad rendered her judgment on Wednesday, February 19, after the online traffickers pleaded guilty to multiple trafficking charges filed against them under plea bargain agreements, said a statement…

American national gets 84 years for rape, filming sexual abuse of Filipino children

Doris C. Bongcac 08/17/2019

CEBU CITY, Philippines – An American national accused of raping underage Filipino girls and filming the abuse was sentenced to 84 years in prison by a United States court. Anthony Shultz of Lindborg, Kansas pleaded guilty to…

Mandaue mom gets 15 years for attempted trafficking of 6-year-old daughter

Doris C. Bongcac 07/31/2019

CEBU CITY, Philippines – A mother of five from Barangay Jagobiao in Mandaue City will have to spend the next 15 years in jail after she pleaded guilty to the attempted trafficking charge that was filed against…

Europe’s most wanted sex offender caught in Cebu, 8 rescued

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 07/25/2019

CEBU CITY, Philippines – One of the most wanted sex offenders in Europe for child abuse and exploitation was arrested in Barangay Luz in Cebu City following a joint operation by National Bureau of Investigation -Anti-Human Trafficking…

Police, gov’t lawyers undergo training on prosecuting online sexual exploitation of children

PR 07/08/2019

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — A three-day training course designed to help law enforcers and prosecutors combat online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC) in the Philippines ended last June 20, 2019. Held in Davao City, the third iteration…

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