By Mike Crismundo
CAMP COL. RAFAEL C. RODRIGUEZ, Butuan City – Government authorities swooped down on a suspected cybersex den and rescued four females, including two minors, in Purok 6, Barnagay 5, San Francisco town, Agusan del Sur province early yesterday morning.
Elements of San Francisco Municipal Police Station (MPS), Provincial Intelligence Unit (PIU), 1st Provincial Mobile Force Company (1st PMFC), Agusan del Sur Police Provincial Office (PPO), and personnel of Regional Anti-Cybercrime Unit 13 and Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office of San Francisco town, arrested two suspects.
The raid of the suspected cybersex den was based on search warrants for violation of R.A. 10591 (Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act) and R.A. 9208 (Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003) dated March 5, 2020 issued by Judge Fernando R. Fudalan of Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 7, Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur and Search Warrant No. 03-2020 for Violation of R.A. 9208 dated March 5, 2020 issued by Judge Isah J. Echem-Tangonan of RTC Branch 33, Hall of Justice, Butuan City, that resulted in the arrest of the two suspects and the rescue of the four females including the two minors.
During the raid, the government team also confiscated one cal. 357 revolver; one hand grenade; 12 rounds of cal. 357 ammunition; one sling bag; one computer set with video cam (used for cybersex); eight cellular phones; one electronic vibrator; other sex toys; and money transfer receipts.
The arrested persons and confiscated items are now in the custody of San Francisco MPS for proper disposition and filing of charges.
Caraga Police Regional Office 13 (PRO 13) Regional Director Brig. Gen. Joseleito T. Esquivel, Jr. commended the raiding team for their successful operation and expressed gratitude to the community for their untiring support to the local police force.
“We encourage everyone in the community to support PNP’s program to prevent illegal activities, especially with social media now being used as a tool to commit crimes such as child abuse and human trafficking,” the region’s top police official added.