Ma sued for trafficking own daughter

THE National Bureau of Investigation in Central Visayas (NBI 7) has filed charges against a woman who allegedly exposed her four-year-old daughter’s lewd photos to a Norwegian national.

The whereabouts of Raquel (real name withheld to protect the dignity of the child) was traced in Barangay Suba, Cebu City after Norwegian national Raymond Harper was arrested by the NBI agents on June 28, 2022 for having several Child Sexual Abuse Materials (CSAM) in his gadgets.

Upon inspection, some of the lewd photos in Harper’s gadgets sent through WhatsApp allegedly came from Raquel.

The NBI 7, together with the Department of Social Welfare and Development and Department of Justice Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking, conducted an operation against Raquel in her residence on November 30.

The suspect, however, was not taken into custody as no CSAMs were recovered from her possession.

Raquel and Harper started chatting to each other from June 23, 2022 until July 1, 2022.

The mother reportedly sent lewd photos of children, including that of her daughter, to Harper in exchange for a fee.

“It was evident that the subject Rachel offered her child for the purpose of sexual exploitation with the use of ICT or Information and Communications Technology. Subject Rachel utilized social media platform to offer the minor victims to paying foreign customers for the purpose of production and selling of CSAEMs in exchange for money," said the NBI 7.

Raquel will be facing multiple charges for violating Republic Act (RA) 10364 or Expended Anti-Trafficking Persons Act of 2012 in relation to Section 6 of Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012; RA 7610 or Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act; RA 10175 or Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2022; and RA 9775 or the Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009.

The suspect had been previously arrested for reportedly trafficking her sisters, but was later freed after the family filed an affidavit of desistance.

For the meantime, the NBI 7 is waiting for an arrest warrant that will be issued by the court against the suspect. (ANV, TPT)