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Joint police operatives led by the Regional Anti-Cybercrime Office in Central Visayas (RACO7) rescued on Friday, October 27, 2017, two 17-year old siblings who were victims of online trafficking in persons by their very own older sister.  The victims’ older sister was also arrested during the said police operation in Barangay Dumlog, Talisay City, Cebu.

In his report to POLICE SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT MARNI C MARCOS, Director, Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG), PCI Leo Dofiles, Chief, RACO7, said that the operation was launched after RACO7 received reports that the two sisters, whose true names are withheld by reason of confidentiality, were performing nude live shows on the internet for a fee at the instigation of their older sister. Nude photos of the minors were also being sold through the internet by the same sister.

“While the successful operation by the police in Talisay City in Cebu deserves our congratulations, the unfortunate fact is, due to financial difficulty, human trafficking via the internet has become increasingly rampant, with parents or older siblings victimizing their own daughters or sisters in exchange for a paltry sum of money” said PSSupt Marcos even as he warned that this type of criminal activity will be prosecuted to the fullest by the ACG.

“Make no mistake about it. No parents or sisters or brothers can use the excuse of financial difficulty to justify the crime of trafficking their own flesh and blood and expect to receive leniency of the law that was precisely enacted to protect every woman and child from the crime of trafficking in persons,” Marcos said.

  The arrested 20-year old sister, whose name cannot be divulged to protect the identity of the victims, is facing multiple charges of violations of the Anti-Child Abuse Law; the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act; and the Cybercrime Prevention Act at the Talisay City Prosecutors Office.

Moreover, the PNP ACG encourages the general public to support the PNP in the campaign against Cybercrimes and provide relevant information immediately to nearest police stations or through social media (Twitter - @PNPACG or Facebook Page – PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group) or through the following: Dial 117 or text 2920; PNP ACG Hotline 414-1560/633-1438  and Isumbong Mo Kay Tsip 09178475757.

The PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG) yesterday warned internet users to be extra careful who you are dealing with in the internet after ACG operatives arrested Wednesday morning a suspect who posed as a woman and duped a young student into sending him naked pictures, which he then used to blackmail her into giving him money in exchange for not uploading them online.

“I would like to warn our netizens to be extra careful in determining the real identities of the people you are dealing with in the internet so as not to fall victims of criminals who are trolling cyber space to look for their next victims,” said POLICE SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT MARNI MARCOS, Director of PNP ACG.

The warning was aired as ACG operatives, in coordination with the Taytay Municipal Police Station arrested Noel Rianzares, 22, of Pasay City, during an entrapment operation inside the Smart Money Padala located along Saudi Street, Pagaga in Taytay, Rizal, where he was supposed to withdraw the Php4,000.00 he demanded from his 19-year old victim.

In his report to PSSupt Marcos, Police Senior Inspector Errol Lloyd Adia, Team Leader said the operation was launched after it received a complaint from the victim, Eva (not her real name) of Marikina City, who told investigators that she was offered tickets for admission to the Entertainment Complex of Star City in Pasay City, by the suspect at a big discount. Eva, who has been doing some buy and sell transactions online for some time already, had hoped to sell the same at a profit and sent Php1,500.00 through money transfer.

However, when the tickets failed to arrive at her home address, she contacted Rianzares, who promised to send the tickets only after Eva sends him nude pictures. Rianzares, who pretended to be a woman, somehow convinced Eva and sent the suspect some compromising photos of hers.

It was at this point that Rianzares blackmailed Eva and demanded that she sent him an additional Php4,000.00 via money transfer or he will upload her nude pictures online. Fearful of the effect the nude pictures might have upon her reputation, Eva, accompanied by her mother went directly to the ACG Complaint Center located in Camp BGen Rafael T Crame to complain about the revenge porn threat.

Upon hearing the story, the ACG did not waste any time and immediately went into action that led to the arrest of Rianzares.

“May the experience of Eva, however unfortunate, be a lesson to our netizens to be especially wary when transacting business or even just surfing in the internet,” PSSupt Marcos said.