THE Cebu City Regional Trial Court on Monday sentenced a mother and her daughter to life imprisonment for forcing 11 minors and a woman to work in an online sex ring.
Meted life imprisonment and ordered to pay P2 million were Emma Salazar Leocadio and her daughter Sherryl.
The two were convicted based on evidence presented by the police following the rescue of 11 minors and a woman on August 5, 2011 in a house, which was transformed into online sex den.
Court records revealed that the victims were recruited from Getafe, Bohol with promises of jobs at an internet café only to end up as sex workers in an online establishment.
The girls were out-of-school and most of them had never seen or even used a computer.
The International Mission for Justice – Philippines described the decision as another victory against human trafficking, in general, and sexual exploitation, in particular.
Evelyn Pingul, director of Communications, Mobilization, and Advocacy of JM – Philippines, lauded the government authorities for consistent battle against child sexual trafficking specifically the Philippine National Police (PNP) Women and Children Protection Center (WCPC) headed by Chief Supt. RosauroAcio.
Online sexual exploitation cases being handled by IJM showed that 84 percent of the victims are minors wherein 60 percent of them are about 12 years or even younger.
Pingul explained that “the difference between online exploitation and traditional human trafficking is that in online exploitation the end-users or customers are often located in foreign countries, purchasing live-stream webcam videos of Filipino children being sexually abused or exploited.”