Girl, 10, rescued in Butuan ‘cybersex den’

CYBERSEX DEN. Police officers rescue a 10-year-old girl from an alleged cybersex den in Butuan City on Thursday (Dec. 10, 2020). The operation led to the seizure of electronic devices and the arrest of a suspect. (Photo courtesy of PRO-13 Information Office)

BUTUAN CITY – Police have rescued a 10-year-old girl in a law enforcement operation on a suspected cybersex den in Barangay Golden Ribbon here on Thursday.

Capt. Dorothy M. Tumulak, chief of the information office of Police Regional Office in Caraga (PRO-13), said Friday the girl was rescued after police officers from the Women and Children Protection Center-Mindanao Field Unit, and the Regional Women and Children Protection Desk-Region 13 responded to the reported presence of a cybersex den in the area.

Tumulak said the raid led to the arrest of Marlyn M. Jimeno, 30, the alleged sex den operator.

The law enforcement operation was covered by a warrant to search, seize, and examine computer data seized issued by the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 33 in Butuan City, the police official said.

Operatives confiscated three cellular phones, a laptop, and desktop computers, she added.

Brig. Gen. Romeo M. Caramat Jr., PRO-13 director, said a police officer acted poseur-customer to entrap Jimeno.

Caramat said Jimeno will face charges for violation of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003, as amended by the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012), and the Special Protection of Children against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act.

“We remain relentless in our campaign against exploitation of women and children by going after those unscrupulous individuals who use minors as easy prey,” the police official said. (PNA)

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