Officers of the National Bureau of Investigation have arrested two suspects of Human Trafficking and Child Pornography during an operation in General Trias, Cavite.
According to NBI Director Virgilio Mendez, their Norwegian counterpart sent a tip saying that a Norwegian National currently facing a child pornography case had Filipino accomplices.
With a search warrant issued by Judge Jaime Santiago of Tagaytay Regional Trial Court Branch 18, the suspects Carolina Muzar and Marvin Lorenzo were effectively caught and arrested.
In addition to this, the NBI International Operations and the NBI-Human Trafficking Division and Cybercrime Division also uncovered desktop computer systems containing child pornographic materials – hundreds of nude photos of children - and chat session records with foreigners.
The NBI was also able to rescue nine minors from the suspects; one of them was a 9-year-old girl who was confirmed to be the same child seen in the pornographic videos. The children have been secured under the custody of the DSWD for the meantime.
The two suspects are now facing charges for the violation of the Anti-Child Pornography Act, Anti Trafficking In Persons Act, and Child Abuse. They are currently under the custody of the NBI.
This is not the first arrest for child pornography that was conducted this year. Last month, two men named Mark Lester Manas and Regie Arevalo were arrested for allegedly selling child pornographic materials at a coffee shop in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. They were apprehended after receiving PHP30,000 in marked money and giving a flash disk containing the pornography to an undercover agent of the NBI.
The NBI revealed that the two men would invite clients, mostly foreigners, to visit the Philippines for “sex tours involving children.”
According to Virtual Global Taskforce, a group of international agencies that are against child pornography, Philippines is one of the top ten countries with rampant cyber pornographic activities involving children.