Couple nabbed for pimping children via ‘smart phone’

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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: A couple, suspected of pimping their minor children to foreign clients by using “smart phones” was caught in the act during an entrapment by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Thursday
Lawyer Alex Cabornay, head of NBI agents in Northern Mindanao, said operatives of the bureau’s Anti-Human Trafficking Division (AHTD) in Manila tracked down the couple after one of the clients was nabbed earlier.

“We could not divulge the identity of the couple because it would also expose the identities of the children aged 4, 5 and 7 years old,” Cabornay told The Manila Times.

He said the couple lives in Iligan City, Lanao del Sur, a neighboring city 85 kilometers west of Cagayan de Oro City.

The AHTD in Manila sent operatives to the NBI regional office to coordinate with the local counterparts, particularly with the city and regional Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for the entrapment.


Cabornay said the AHTD has identified the couple to be “selling,” “producing” and “performing sexual explicit conducts online” in exchange for money sent through various money transfers.

He said the couple has reportedly been selling nude photos of their own minor children to foreign customers through email and CAM to CAM Video Chat.

The NBI AHTD also discovered that the woman-suspect has been constantly being requested to become pregnant and to continuously send naked photos of her and her minor children, Cabornay added.

The operatives seized the couple’s smart phone containing the explicit videos, photos and transactions of money transfer.

Meanwhile, the NBI filed multiple charges against the couple for violation of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act, Cybercrime Prevention Act, Anti-Child Pornography Act and Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009.

The couple is now detained at the NBI regional office while the DSWD has taken custody of the children who might be turned over to their nearest relatives after complying with legal requirements.

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