NBI ARRESTS 2 HUMAN TRAFFICKING SUSPECTS; 5 MINORS RESCUED DURING OPERATION

NBI ARRESTS 2 HUMAN TRAFFICKING SUSPECTS; 5 MINORS RESCUED DURING OPERATION

MANILA — The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) today (Tuesday) announced the arrest of two (2) human trafficking suspects in Taguig City by operatives of NBI- Anti-Human Trafficking Division (NBI-AHTRAD).

The NBI-AHTRAD also rescued five (5) child victims during the operation.

The suspects were arrested after the NBI received a piece of information from the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) of Taguig regarding minors who are allegedly subjected to online sexual exploitation.

Interview with the child victims later revealed the true identities of the suspects as a certain “Ate Buba” and “Ate Laura” who were later identified as ELISA MANANSALA NAVALES and LAURA LEE MAY PASCUAL.

The two were said to be the facilitators in the production of child sexual and exploitative materials that they distribute to online foreign customers in exchange for a fee.

On September 20, 2022, NBI-AHTRAD operatives, accompanied by agents of
NBI-Counter Terrorism Division (NBI-CTD), DOJ-IACAT, and Social
Workers of Taguig City, implemented two (2) Warrants to Search, Seize
and Examine Computer Data (WSSECD) issued by RTC Branch 271 of Taguig
City.

The team proceeded to the suspects’ respective residences in Sta. Ana, Taguig City where the search and seizure of articles/items subject of the Warrants ensued.

By virtue of the search, seizure and examination of computer data
conducted on-site, the subjects were arrested for violations of RA 9208 as
amended by RA 11862 (Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2022)
and RA 11930 (Anti-Online Sexual Abuse or Exploitation of Children and
Anti-Child Sexual Abuse or Exploitation of Materials Act).

Illegal drug paraphernalia were also found at the residence of subject NAVALES.

Laboratory examination of the said paraphernalia and urine drug test
against NAVALES was conducted which revealed a positive result for the presence of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu.

A separate case for violation of RA 9165 as amended by RA 10640
(Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002) was also filed
against NAVALES.

The five (5) minor victims who were rescued were taken into custody by the Social Workers of Taguig City even as the suspects were presented for inquest proceedings on September 21, 2022 before the Office of the City Prosecutor of Taguig. (KIARA LAUREN IBANEZ/ai/mtvn)

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