NBI nabs online child sex trafficker in Cebu City

NBI nabs online child sex trafficker in Cebu City

MANILA — Operatives of the National Bureau of Investigation-Anti-Human Trafficking Division (NBI-AHTRAD) have arrested an individual in Cebu City for selling pornographic materials online.

The arrested subject was identified as Romilo Romero, who was nabbed in an entrapment operation that stemmed from the report received by NBI-AHTRAD from the Department of Justice Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking-Cyber-TIP Monitoring Center (DOJ IACAT-NBI CYBERTIP).

Suspect Romero allegedly used a Twitter account @MarkjasonCj and other social media platforms such as Telegram and Facebook to promote and sell self-produced videos of him performing sexual acts to male victims, some of whom are minors.

NBI-AHTRAD and DOJ-IACAT NBI-CYBERTIP conducted cyber surveillance, which confirmed that Romero, a resident of Bulacao, Cebu City, is the user of the Twitter account @MarkjasonCj who sells child pornographic materials by allowing paying clients access to his channels containing the said materials.

Operatives also found out that ROMERO was offering young males to paying customers for meetups in Cebu and cybersex.

Armed with a Warrant to Search, Seize, and Examine Computer Data (WSSECD) issued by RTC of Cebu Branch 11, a team composed of NBI-AHTRAD and NBI-Central Visayas Regional Office (NBI-CEVRO), in coordination with the DOJ-IACAT, IACAT Region VII, DSWD Region VII, and with the support of the NGO partners from the International Justice Mission Region VII, proceeded to Sitio Cabancalan II, Bulacao, Cebu City on July 29, 2022, and successfully arrested the suspect.

The subject was arrested in flagrante delicto offering sexual intercourse to an individual in exchange for a sum of money, and selling child pornographic materials in violation of Section 5(b) of RA 9208 as amended by RA 11862 and RA 9775 otherwise known as “Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009 in relation to RA 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

Implementation of the WSSECD likewise resulted in the seizure of digital devices used by Romero in committing the illegal acts.

During the operation, one male victim was rescued and turned over to the custody of the DSWD Region VII. (Kiara Lauren Ibanez/BC/ai/mtvn)

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