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Ghislaine Maxwell, jet-set socialite facing jail for Epstein sex crimes

Jul 03, 2020 - 10:32 AM

Maxwell is often cast as an international woman of mystery with close ties to both British royalty and US politicians

CAUGHT. Acting US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Audrey Strauss, announces charges against Ghislaine Maxwell during a July 2, 2020, press conference in New York City. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Green light for Amsterdam's red light district after virus shutdown

Jul 02, 2020 - 2:22 PM

The Netherlands ordered all brothels closed in mid-March and had originally planned to keep them shut until September, but decides to bring the date forward as COVID-19 cases dropped

REOPENS. People walk in the red light district of Amsterdam on July 1, 2020, as Dutch brothels reopened today after a long coronavirus shutdown, with sex workers and clients having to observe new rules to prevent COVID-19 infection. Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

SC's deference to Congress on same-sex union 'dooms marriage equality'

Jun 30, 2020 - 3:25 PM

A paper published by UP Law criticizes the 2019 decision of the Supreme Court junking a same-sex marriage petition mainly due to technicalities, and says it was 'an abdication of its function as a Court'

MARRIAGE EQUALITY. LGBTQ members light candles as they gather outside the Supreme Court in Manila on June 19, 2018 for the on-going oral arguments regarding the petition for same sex marriage. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler


Germany investigating 30,000 suspects in pedophile probe

Jun 29, 2020 - 9:58 PM

'Child abuse cannot be punished like shoplifting. It is murder. Not physically but emotionally,' says North Rhine Westphalia interior minister Herbert Reul

Nowhere to run: Why some abused sex workers don’t want cops’ help

Jun 27, 2020 - 6:57 PM

Part 2: Even as sex workers or prostituted women claim they experience systematic abuse from the police, they are blamed when they are raped and told ‘it’s part of the job anyway’

[PODCAST] Making Space: Some sex workers think they don't need saving

Jun 23, 2020 - 7:23 PM

Rappler explores the less popular but equally true discourse that sex workers sometimes engage in this activity on their own accord, and so they don’t consider informing authorities about it is in their best interest

Cops arrest online sex trafficker in Taguig who abused own son, sister

Jun 19, 2020 - 2:21 PM

'One of the victims was a differently abled 27-year-old deaf female, the younger sister of the suspect and who is also the mother of some of the children rescued,' says Police Colonel Sheila Portento

SAVED. Police in personal protective equipment rescue 8 people, including this child, from an online sex trafficker in Taguig City on June 17, 2020. Photo from IJM

French Catholic Church counts over 3,000 child victims of sex abuse

Jun 17, 2020 - 10:07 PM

The number of estimated victims represents more than 40 cases per year on average over the past 7 decades

PROBE. (From L) Members of the French Independent Commission on sexual abuse in church (Commission independante sur les abus sexuels dans l'Eglise - CIASE), psychanalyst Jean-Pierre Winter, judge Antoine Garapon, former State Council deputy-president and CIASE president Jean-Marc Sauve, and CIASE general secretary Sylvette Toche pose for a photograph as they attend their first meeting on February 8, 2018 in Paris. File photo by Jacques Demarthon/AFP

[PODCAST] I've Got An Opinion: BDSM is not just about sex

Jun 17, 2020 - 8:00 PM

What's the real deal behind BDSM? How does it go beyond chains and whips and leather?

Prince Andrew's lawyers deny lack of cooperation in Epstein case

Jun 09, 2020 - 12:21 AM

'The Duke of York has on at least 3 occasions this year offered his assistance as a witness to the [US Department of Justice],' Prince Andrew's lawyers say in a statement

Sex workers' hands tied under coronavirus lockdowns

May 28, 2020 - 11:36 AM

'If someone gets sick in my dungeon, you know I am not insured for that,' says professional dominatrix Madame Caramel

DUNGEON. A view of one of the rooms at the Hoxton Dungeon suite, a BDSM (bondage, discipline, dominance and submission, sadomasochism) apartment in central London on May 23, 2020. Photo by Elizaveta Malykhina/AFP

Costa Rica legalizes same-sex marriage in first for Central America

May 26, 2020 - 3:13 PM

(UPDATED) Planned celebrations did not take place because of the coronavirus pandemic, but a special program about LGBT rights is broadcast on public television and online as the first weddings are held

SAME SEX MARRIAGE. In this file picture taken on August 4, 2018 members of the LGBTI community take part in a demonstration in front of the Supreme Court of Justice in San Jose, to demand the legalization of same-sex marriage. File photo by Ezequiel Becerra/AFP

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] Sex under lockdown

May 23, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Whatever stage you are in this pandemic-prompted sexual journey, we’re refreshing the safe sex playbook with coronavirus updates to keep the lockdown sex hot – and safe

PNP urges prostituted women to name police abusers

May 22, 2020 - 11:04 AM

Top cop General Archie Gamboa also urges the public to avoid 'generalization' of the entire police force as sexual predators

DISAPPOINTED. PNP chief General Archie Gamboa at a Senate hearing. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Taiwan marks anniversary of Asia's first gay marriage law

May 17, 2020 - 9:50 PM

Couples post notes, photos and airline ticket stubs on 'Lennon Walls' set up near President Tsai Ing-wen's office in Taipei to appeal for more inclusiveness

Cardinal Pell knew of clergy abuse for decades – inquiry

May 07, 2020 - 11:47 AM

Pell knew as far back as the 1970s and failed to seek the removal of accused priests, an inquiry reveals

CARDINAL. Australian Cardinal George Pell is escorted in handcuffs from the Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne on August 21, 2019. Photo by William West/AFP

Tip from Australian police lead to arrest of sex trafficker in Caloocan

May 06, 2020 - 10:15 AM

(UPDATED) Police rescue 3 minors, all children of the suspect

ARRESTED. Authorities with a  41-year-old women accused of forcing her 3 chilldren, all minors, to perform sexual acts via webcam. She was arrested on May 4, 2020, in Caloocan City. Photo from IJM

Korean arrested for pimping during coronavirus lockdown in Pampanga

Apr 25, 2020 - 3:40 PM

An hour-long chase ensues after a Korean national attempts to evade undercover cops who caught him pimping a woman in Angeles City

Online sex trafficker arrested in Lapu-Lapu City

Apr 18, 2020 - 2:03 PM

Philippine authorities urge communities to be 'extra' vigilant as online sex traffickers may be taking advantage of the lockdown

ARRESTED. Police continue arrests of crime suspects during the coronavirus lockdown. Image from Shutterstock

LIVE: Senate hearing on money laundering, sex trafficking in POGO industry

Mar 05, 2020 - 11:07 AM

The Senate probes alleged money laundering, crimes, and other nefarious activities associated with POGO operations

USA Gymnastics sex assault deal pays some only $82,550 – reports

Feb 24, 2020 - 10:48 PM

Sexual assault victims of former US team doctor Larry Nassar will receive amounts ranging from $1.25 million to a minimum of $82,550

LIFE IN PRISON. Larry Nassar has received multiple sentences for more than 100 years for sexual assaults. File photo by Jeff Kowalsky/AFP


Court sentences 3 women in Cebu for livestreaming sex abuse

Feb 20, 2020 - 7:39 PM


The 3 online traffickers are each sentenced to between 23 and 36 years in prison and ordered to pay P600,000 in damages

[PODCAST] I've Got An Opinion: It's okay to have more than one lover

Feb 19, 2020 - 8:00 PM

We speak with a couple that practices polyamory. How complex is their arrangement? Does jealousy rear its ugly head?

NBI, PNP reveal red flags for hotels, condominiums used as sex dens

Feb 17, 2020 - 4:28 PM

(UPDATED) The NBI says that some hotels are like ‘wet markets,’ with constant drop-off and pick-up of passengers by taxi drivers

Atty. Joel Tovera, Chief of Anti-Organized Transnational Crime Division of the National Bureau of Investigation, at the senate inquiry on the sexual trafficking connected to POGO operations in the country. February 17, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

The love formula that says 5:1 = forever

Feb 16, 2020 - 11:00 AM

What if there was a formula to predict with about 90% accuracy whether your relationship will continue or break up?

[OPINION] Love is not all you need

Feb 14, 2020 - 1:34 PM

'The problem with idolizing love is that it causes us to develop unrealistic expectations.... Etong mga unrealistic na expectations, 'yan ang makakapatay sa atin.'

Sex Education season 3 is coming, thank goodness

Feb 11, 2020 - 11:20 AM

Because we need answers!!

SEX EDUCATION. Gillian Anderson is among the characters returning in the third season of the teen comedy-drama. Photo courtesy of Netflix

Cebu court convicts 22-year-old Filipina for trafficking children

Feb 07, 2020 - 3:43 PM

The defendant pleads guilty to 4 cases involving the trafficking of children for online sexual exploitation

13 foreign women rescued from 'prostitution den' in Makati

Jan 31, 2020 - 2:18 PM

Two Chinese men are arrested for allegedly running prostitution operations at the Golden Dragon Hotel in Barangay Bangkal in Makati

RESCUED. Makati police rescue Russian, Vietnamese, and Chinese women from a prostitution den in Barangay Bangkal, Makati on January 29, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

French writer 'regrets' his pedophile sex tourism in Asia

Jan 30, 2020 - 11:11 AM

Matzneff never made any secret of his sexual preference for adolescent girls and boys and it did not stop him winning the Renaudot prize in 2013

Hontiveros sees link between influx of POGO workers, rise of sex trafficking in Manila

Jan 28, 2020 - 11:40 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros says photos of trafficked women are being passed around in WeChat and Telegram chat groups, where there are 'menus of services, as though in a restaurant'

PROSTITUTION DENS. Senator Risa Hontiveros, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Women, Children, Family Relations and Gender Equality, presides over a public hearing Tuesday, 28 January 2020 on the proliferation of human trafficking activities in the country brought about by the influx of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO). Photo by Albert Calvelo/Senate PRIB

Filipinos react to Ai-Ai delas Alas’ comments against same-sex marriage

Jan 10, 2020 - 3:21 PM

Ai-Ai reveals that she doesn't attend her gay friends' weddings, saying that 'she doesn't believe in it'

'Sex tech' aims to rise above negative image

Jan 09, 2020 - 9:50 AM

Entrepreneurs in this industry, many of whom started out in conventional consumer electronics, medicine or cosmetics, say pleasure and health go hand-in-hand

SEX TOYS. For the first time sex tech is making an appearance at CES in the health and wellness section of the giant electronics and gadget fair. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP


WATCH: It’s going to be a messy, exciting season 2 for 'Sex Education'

Jan 08, 2020 - 12:01 PM

The show returns on January 17

NEW SEASON. The students of Moordale High return in season 2 of 'Sex Education.' Photo courtesy of Netflix

Supreme Court junks same-sex marriage case 'with finality'

Jan 06, 2020 - 5:57 PM

The Supreme Court denies the motion for reconsideration as the lawyers presented 'no substantial arguments'

DENIED. In this photo, LGBTQ members light candles as they gather outside the Supreme Court in Manila on June 19, 2018 for the on-going oral arguments regarding the petition for same sex marriage. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Saving child sex workers

Dec 29, 2019 - 8:00 PM

An estimated 60,000 children are currently trapped in sexual exploitation in the Philippines. From Manila, a group of foreign and local operatives are working to save them.

Rescued victims are led back to police headquarters in Quezon City after being rescued from a condominium complex in Marakina City on December 5. 2019.

China bans 'custody and education' punishment for sex workers

Dec 28, 2019 - 10:28 PM

'Sex workers are subjected to police violence – forced labour, compulsory testing for sexually transmitted disease... [and] humiliation and physical violence at these centers,' says Shen Tingting of non-government organization Asia Catalyst

175 children abused by Mexican branch of Catholic Church – report

Dec 22, 2019 - 5:22 PM

The report states that Legionaries of Christ founder Marcial Maciel abused as many as 60 children and that a total of 33 priests or deacons acknowledged to have committed sexual assaults against minors since 1941

Canada's Jesuits to name priests accused of sexual abuse

Dec 18, 2019 - 9:43 AM

'It is the right thing for us to do,' and for victims of abuse it is 'important to healing,' says Erik Oland, the head of the Jesuits of Canada

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Pope lifts 'pontifical secret' for sex abuse cases

Dec 17, 2019 - 10:10 PM

So-called pontifical secrecy is a rule of confidentiality designed to protect sensitive information related to the governance of the Roman Catholic Church

Europe's most wanted online sex offender gets 20 years in Cebu

Dec 17, 2019 - 5:26 PM

Nelson Siacor Torayno is also ordered to pay P2 million in fines

CONVICTED. Nelson Siacor Torayno is convicted to 20 years in prison for sexually abusing children. Photo by the International Justice Mission

Malaysian police to quiz Anwar over sex assault claims

Dec 11, 2019 - 8:47 PM

Anwar Ibrahim has vehemently denied the claims by his former research assistant Muhammed Yusoff Rawther, who says he was assaulted in 2018

ANWAR. In this file photo, Malaysia's People's Justice Party president and leader of the Pakatan Harapan coalition Anwar Ibrahim speaks to China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi during a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on October 24, 2018. File photo by Daisuke Suzuki/Pool/AFP

3 more Chinese men nabbed for sex trafficking at Clark Freeport

Dec 07, 2019 - 8:46 AM

Nine Chinese women are rescued from a room at ON Pool Villas during the sting operation. They are at the regional social welfare office as authorities coordinate with the immigration bureau.

K-pop star Jung Joon-young jailed for 6 years for gang rape, spycam crimes

Nov 29, 2019 - 4:00 PM

South Korean singer Jung Joon-young is convicted of gang rape and secretly filming and then distributing illicit sex videos of his female partners

FIRST LOOK: 'Sex Education’ season 2

Nov 26, 2019 - 10:51 AM

Otis, Eric, Maeve, and the rest of the gang are back!

SEASON 2. Asa Butterfield and Ncuti Gatwa are back as best friends Otis and Eric in the second season of Netflix's 'Sex Education.' Photo courtesy of Netflix

Online sex trafficker arrested in Antipolo

Nov 09, 2019 - 2:15 PM

Police rescue 5 children from the scene during the operation

Supreme Court: Same-sex marriage an issue better resolved by Congress

Oct 31, 2019 - 1:16 PM

The 113-page ponencia lists a barrage of gender-specific laws that may be disturbed by ruling same-sex marriage as legal, and says these may be matters of policy better left to legislation

MARRIAGE EQUALITY. LGBTQ+ members light candles as they gather outside the Supreme Court in Manila on June 19, 2018 for the oral arguments regarding the petition seeking to legalize same sex marriage. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Tip from Australian police leads to arrest of online sex trafficker in Rizal

Oct 29, 2019 - 3:01 PM

The woman offers to livestream the sexual abuse of her own daughter to paying customers

EXPLOITER. Philippine authorities arrest a 45-year-old woman in Taytay, Rizal, for sexually abusing her own daughter while live streaming it to customers online on October 25, 2019. Photo courtesy of IJM

Gay marriage, abortion laws liberalized in Northern Ireland

Oct 22, 2019 - 8:30 AM

Grainne Teggart of Amnesty International says the change 'is a hugely significant moment and the beginning of a new era for Northern Ireland – one in which we're free from oppressive laws that have policed our bodies and healthcare'

DECRIMINALIZED. Pro-choice supporters pose as they gather at Parliament buildings on the Stormont Estate in Belfast on October 21, 2019. Photo by Paul Faith/AFP

British pedophile jailed for Malaysia abuse found dead in UK prison

Oct 15, 2019 - 7:27 AM

A UK Prison Service spokesman confirms Richard Huckle died on Sunday at Full Sutton Prison in northern England.

FOUND DEAD. A handout released by the British National Crime Agency on June 1, 2016 shows a custody picture of Richard Huckle who admitted a string of charges of sexual crimes against children in Kuala Lumpur. Photo by National Crime Agency/AFP