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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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Online sex trafficker arrested in Antipolo

Nov 09, 2019 - 2:15 PM

Police rescue 5 children from the scene during the operation

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

5 suspected online sex traffickers arrested in Biliran

Oct 11, 2019 - 8:27 PM

Aside from 5 teenage victims, police have also rescued a 10-month-old, an 11-month-old, and two 2-year-old children who were possibly exploited by the traffickers

Shadows still loom around Epstein after sexual predator's death

Aug 18, 2019 - 9:40 AM

His suicide on August 10 in a federal jail in Manhattan provided the latest jolt – but no final closure – to his disturbing story

JEFFREY EPSTEIN. The billionaire accused of trafficking young girls for sex is found to have killed himself in a high security prison. File photo by New York State Sex Offender Registry/AFP

Coroner rules that Jeffrey Epstein hanged himself

Aug 17, 2019 - 8:57 AM

The coroner's ruling comes days after Epstein was accused of trafficking minors for sex

(FILES) In this file undated handout photo obtained July 11, 2019 courtesy of the New York State Sex Offender Registry shows Jeffrey Epstein. Jeffrey Epstein is on suicide watch after he was found semi-concious in his cell on the evening of July 24. Epstein, 66, was charged on July 8, 2019 by prosecutors in New York with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors. HO / New York State Sex Offender Registry / AFP

Online sex trafficker in Cebu gets 15 years

Jul 31, 2019 - 10:30 AM

Judge Ramon Daomilas Jr orders the woman to pay fines and damages amounting to P1.5 million for trafficking at least 5 minors aged 6 to 17, among them her own daughter

SENTENCED. A woman pleads guilty to online sex trafficking charges and is sentenced to 15 years in prison. Photo courtesy of the International Justice Mission

German trafficker in Lapu-Lapu City arrested

Jul 11, 2019 - 8:23 PM

A police report says his two-year-old son was among the pornographic images found in the evidence gathered by police

TRAFFICKING. Police arrest German online trafficker in Lapu-Lapu City. Photo by IJM

Jury convicts U.S. sex cult leader who attracted the rich and famous

Jun 20, 2019 - 10:51 AM

The US jury convicts Keith Raniere, who coerced a string of women into having sex with him as the charismatic leader of a life-coaching group he founded in New York state

FOUNDER. Photo from the Facebook account of Keith Raniere @keithraniereofficial.

'Smallville' actress Allison Mack pleads guilty in sex cult case

Apr 09, 2019 - 2:23 PM

Allison Mack can face up to 40 years in prison for pleading guilty to recruiting women to join a cult-like society of 'sex slaves'

Cops nab American expat for sexual exploitation of minors in Pampanga

Feb 20, 2019 - 2:56 PM

Pampanga police catch 71-year-old Herman Arnett Ross in an entrapment operation in Angeles City

NABBED. Police arrest American expat Herman Arnett Ross, 71, at this apartment in Angeles City, Pampanga for sex trafficking. Photo courtesy of the International Justice Mission

Spain police smash 'black magic' transsexual prostitution ring

Oct 31, 2018 - 11:16 PM

Fifteen young Brazilian transsexuals are rescued from a sex trafficking ring in Murcia, Spain

Actress Allison Mack charged with sex trafficking for cult-like group

Apr 21, 2018 - 9:54 PM

Mack, who starred in 'Smallville', is accused of co-creating a Nxivm program that recruited actors

CHARGED. In this file photo taken on July 29, 2010, actress Allison Mack attends the 'Love, Loss, And What I Wore' new cast member celebration in New York City. Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images North America/AFP

CEO of shuttered sex classifieds site Backpage pleads guilty

Apr 13, 2018 - 4:50 PM

Backpage – accused of being the biggest website for prostitution in the world, with its classifieds used to promote paid-for sex with minors and victims of human trafficking – is abruptly shut down by US authorities on April 6

FBI shuts down sex classifieds giant Backpage

Apr 07, 2018 - 9:42 AM

Critics accuse of being the biggest website for prostitution in the world

Craigslist ends personal ads after U.S. sex trafficking bill passes

Mar 23, 2018 - 11:52 PM

Craigslist says in a statement it ended the personal ads section over concerns the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act could subject websites to criminal and civil liability for third-party content

When kids don’t know they are victims of sexual abuse

Dec 09, 2017 - 6:22 PM

Kim* was 12 when her neighbor recruited her. By the time she was rescued, she was already 15.

ABUSE. Children as young as 12 years old fall victims to online sex trafficking. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Cybersex traders nabbed in Manila

Oct 20, 2017 - 1:36 PM

Police catch the suspects offering P9,000 to a 17-year-old girl in exchange for sex during a sting operation

SEXUAL ABUSE. Two Filipino cybersex traders are arrested in the US FBI's cross-country operation.

Rappler Talk: Sex trafficking in the digital age

Oct 19, 2017 - 2:09 PM

A study by Plan International finds that 6 out of 10 sex traders use the internet to seek potential clients

Facebook groups open more channels for PH cybersex trade – study

Oct 18, 2017 - 2:40 PM

Easy access to social media also enables teenagers to be 'freelancers' in sex trafficking, according to the study

CYBERSEX. A new study by Plan International finds that 6 out of 10 of their respondents resorted to online means in seeking sex predators to trade children as young as 11 years old.

Pampanga court dismisses sex trafficking case vs Japanese tourist

Sep 28, 2017 - 8:17 PM

The judge says the court had no other recourse but to exonerate Michihiro Suzumura, as the information dated July 28 by Assistant City Prosecutor Mark Oliver Sison fails to establish the existence of probable cause against Suzumura in violating Republic Act 9208

Church didn't shoulder Taytay priest's P120,000 bail

Aug 02, 2017 - 7:05 PM

Never says retired Archbishop Oscar Cruz when asked if the CBCP paid the bail of trafficking suspect Monsignor Arnel Lagarejos

TRAFFICKING SUSPECT. Monsignor Arnel Lagarejos, 55, faces a trafficking case after allegedly 'booking' a 13-year-old girl for sex. Photo from PACUCOA Inc's Facebook page

Taytay priest in trafficking case posts P120k bail

Aug 01, 2017 - 11:32 PM

Monsignor Arnel Lagarejos gains temporary freedom after spending almost 3 days in the Marikina City police jail

TRAFFICKING CASE. Monsignor Arnel Lagarejos is accused of human trafficking after allegedly 'booking' a 13-year-old girl through a pimp. File from the website of Cainta Catholic College

Church vows no cover-up in Taytay priest's case

Aug 01, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Antipolo Bishop Francisco de Leon names tough talking retired Archbishop Oscar Cruz as lead investigator in the trafficking case of Taytay priest Arnel Lagarejos

CHURCH PROBE. Antipolo Bishop Francisco de Leon (in photo) names tough-talking retired Archbishop Oscar Cruz as lead investigator in the case of Taytay priest Arnel Lagarejos. File photo from Diocese of Antipolo

2-year-old victim of online sex trafficking rescued in Iligan

Jun 03, 2017 - 11:17 AM

Authorities catch the suspects live streaming sexual abuse of Filipino minors

RESCUED. Minors ages 2, 6, 8 and 13 are rescued from this online sex den in Iligan City. Photo courtesy of International Justice Mission (IJM)

WATCH: Ashton Kutcher testifies against human trafficking

Feb 16, 2017 - 6:19 PM

The right to pursue happiness for so many is stripped away it s raped it s abused it s taken by force says Ashton in an impassioned speech against human and sex trafficking

ASHTON KUTCHER. Digital Defenders of Children Founder Ashton Kutcher walks with Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Senator Bob Corker before the start of a Senate Foreign Relations Committee examining '€œEnding Modern Slavery: Building on Success€,' on Capitol Hill on February 15, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo by Zach Gibson/AFP Photo

Sex trafficking: Taiwanese police find Indonesian, Filipina women trapped in small dorm

Jan 23, 2017 - 7:33 PM

A Taiwanese man and his Filipina wife were apprehended for forcing 10 Southeast Asian women to become sex workers

TRAFFICKED. 10 Southeast Asian women were forced to become sex workers by a couple in Taiwan. Photo from Kaohsiung City Police

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Head of 'world's top online brothel' arrested on pimping charges

Oct 07, 2016 - 2:10 PM

Investigation reveals that the online advertising site Backpage com has allegedly earned millions of dollars off of the illegal sex trade

ARRESTED. Carl Ferrer, 55, is arrested on account of his online advertising site's alleged participation in the illegal sex trade. Screengrab from Ferrer photo from the Texas Attorney General's Office

Belgian national arrested for sexually abusing girls in Bohol

Jul 02, 2015 - 11:10 PM

Prosper Slachmuylders 76 has forced dozens of girls to have sex with him says the NBI

Spanish police dismantle voodoo-linked sex trafficking ring

Jun 08, 2015 - 10:35 PM

Six traffickers are arrested and four of the victims are freed according to the police

NBI raids cybersex den in Pateros

Mar 06, 2015 - 10:03 PM

The tip about the den comes from the US Department of Homeland Security

Migrant workers: Undocumented, unprotected

Nov 11, 2014 - 1:57 PM

If the State turns a blind eye to migrant workers what message are we sending to the rest of the world?

Palace: PH trying its best to convict human traffickers

Jun 21, 2014 - 4:15 PM

A US trafficking report however says Corruption at all levels of government including Philippine diplomatic missions abroad enabled traffickers and undermined the government’s overall efforts to combat trafficking

GLOBAL SCOURGE. A Palace official says the Philippines is doing its part to curb human trafficking despite a US report challenging the government to do so. Graphic by Emil Mercado/Generic Image from Shutterstock

US to PH: Convict more labor traffickers

Jun 20, 2014 - 11:40 PM

The US State Department says the Philippines has failed to meet minimum standards to end modern day slavery

GLOBAL SCOURGE. The Philippines needs to convict more human traffickers, the US State Department says. Graphic by Emil Mercado/Generic Image from Shutterstock

DSWD: Protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation

Feb 20, 2014 - 11:56 AM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development has handled over 150 cases of web child trafficking from 2010 to 2013

PH gov't on guard vs child trafficking

Jan 12, 2014 - 5:49 PM

A special anti trafficking commission is already in place to prevent children displaced by Super Typhoon Yolanda Haiyan from being exploited by traffickers

Typhoon sparks Philippine child trafficking fears

Jan 11, 2014 - 7:49 PM

A UK based children s charity asks the Philippines to investigate the suspected recruitment of child workers for sex trafficking in a region devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan