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Cops net 5 suspects; 12 teenagers rescued

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On Iligan City online sexual trafficking raid:

Chief Supt. Desquitado

CAGAYAN de Oro City (BEN BALCE/Golden Journal) - POLICE rescued 12 minors and collared five suspects in a raid on a house believed to be engaged in an online child trafficking and sexual exploitation, police officials here said Wednesday.

Northern Mindanao police regional director Chief Supt. Lyndel Desquitado said elements from the  Region 10’s Cyber Crime  raided a house in Tambacan, Iligan City, shortly before 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Desquitado identified the five suspects as Jeffryl Aqui, Lany Buco, Jefford Dominguez, Kissy Pepito and Cindy Omisol, all of legal age, and residents of Purok 9, Tambacan, Iligan City.

Northern Mindanao Region Cyber Crime Group head Police 
Superintendent Reynante Reyes (Left) examines the 
computer sets they have seized during raid in 
Iligan City,Tuesday. (JN)
He did not identify the children aged 6 to 17 years old who were immediately turned over to the custody of the local social welfare officer to undergo stress debriefing.

The operation was headed by Cyber Crime Group 10 head Supt. Reynante Reyes resulted in the seizure of computer units, storage media, identification cards, ATM cards, money remittance receipts, sex toys, assorted condoms.

He said that the operatives also recovered five sachets of a white crystalline substance believed to “shabu,” birth certificates, and illegal drug paraphernalia believed to be used and intended to be used in perpetrating the online child trafficking and sexual exploitation.

Desquitado said the suspects would be charged with Child Abuse and Human Trafficking Laws violation apart from other crimes under the Cyber Crime Law.

According to Desquitado, the WCPC in Manila received an intelligence information last September that the suspects were recruiting minors for online sexual exploitation.

He said that Police Supt. Rosauro Acio, head of the Women and Children Protection Center (WCPC) based in Camp Crame, led the raid in coordination with the police regional command.

The WCPC was armed with search warrants issued by the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 53 in Manila dated October 27, 2015 for Qualified Trafficking in Persons defined and penalized by Republic Act 9208 as amended by RA 10364. (With PNA)

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