Taguig court convicts woman in child sex abuse case

A Taguig court sentenced a Filipino woman to life in prison, after she was convicted of sexually exploiting 3 children related to her.

The International Justice Mission (IJM) said in a press statement that Judge Elisa Sarmiento-Flores of the Taguig City Regional Trial Court Branch 163 sentenced the woman to reclusion perpetua on October 15.

The accused was found guilty of violating Republic Act No. 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act in relation to the Anti-Child Pornography Act. She was also fined P2 million and was ordered to give the 3 victims P500,000 in moral damages and P100,000 in exemplary damages.

The name of the accused was withheld to protect the identities of the victims who are related to her.

Anti-Cybercrime Group of the Philippine National Police arrested the woman on May 5, 2016, in Taguig, for sexually abusing 3 children – a boy aged 13 and two girls aged 11 and 8 at that time. She created child sexual exploitation materials and provided live video streams of the abuse.

According to IJM, the Australian Federal Police referred the case to Philippine authorities after they arrested a child sex offender who admitted to watching content from the Filipino woman.

The IJM said that the Philippines has already convicted over 100 perpetrators.. Of the total, the IJM had won 15 cases during the community quarantine.

The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking, a body led by the Department of Justice, said that the latest conviction is another win against child sex offenders.

"My hope is that this conviction helps hasten the healing for the 3 survivors. We can see how government prosecutors are fully committed to this work of delivering justice to all children whose lives have been turned upside down by this horrendous crime," said IACAT Executive Director Jinky Dedumo. – Aika Rey/Rappler.com