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LIVE: Senate hearing on money laundering, sex trafficking in POGO industry

Mar 05, 2020 - 11:07 AM

The Senate probes alleged money laundering, crimes, and other nefarious activities associated with POGO operations

USA Gymnastics sex assault deal pays some only $82,550 – reports

Feb 24, 2020 - 10:48 PM

Sexual assault victims of former US team doctor Larry Nassar will receive amounts ranging from $1.25 million to a minimum of $82,550

LIFE IN PRISON. Larry Nassar has received multiple sentences for more than 100 years for sexual assaults. File photo by Jeff Kowalsky/AFP


Court sentences 3 women in Cebu for livestreaming sex abuse

Feb 20, 2020 - 7:39 PM


The 3 online traffickers are each sentenced to between 23 and 36 years in prison and ordered to pay P600,000 in damages

[PODCAST] I've Got An Opinion: It's okay to have more than one lover

Feb 19, 2020 - 8:00 PM

We speak with a couple that practices polyamory. How complex is their arrangement? Does jealousy rear its ugly head?

NBI, PNP reveal red flags for hotels, condominiums used as sex dens

Feb 17, 2020 - 4:28 PM

(UPDATED) The NBI says that some hotels are like ‘wet markets,’ with constant drop-off and pick-up of passengers by taxi drivers

Atty. Joel Tovera, Chief of Anti-Organized Transnational Crime Division of the National Bureau of Investigation, at the senate inquiry on the sexual trafficking connected to POGO operations in the country. February 17, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

The love formula that says 5:1 = forever

Feb 16, 2020 - 11:00 AM

What if there was a formula to predict with about 90% accuracy whether your relationship will continue or break up?

[OPINION] Love is not all you need

Feb 14, 2020 - 1:34 PM

'The problem with idolizing love is that it causes us to develop unrealistic expectations.... Etong mga unrealistic na expectations, 'yan ang makakapatay sa atin.'

Sex Education season 3 is coming, thank goodness

Feb 11, 2020 - 11:20 AM

Because we need answers!!

SEX EDUCATION. Gillian Anderson is among the characters returning in the third season of the teen comedy-drama. Photo courtesy of Netflix

Cebu court convicts 22-year-old Filipina for trafficking children

Feb 07, 2020 - 3:43 PM

The defendant pleads guilty to 4 cases involving the trafficking of children for online sexual exploitation

13 foreign women rescued from 'prostitution den' in Makati

Jan 31, 2020 - 2:18 PM

Two Chinese men are arrested for allegedly running prostitution operations at the Golden Dragon Hotel in Barangay Bangkal in Makati

RESCUED. Makati police rescue Russian, Vietnamese, and Chinese women from a prostitution den in Barangay Bangkal, Makati on January 29, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

French writer 'regrets' his pedophile sex tourism in Asia

Jan 30, 2020 - 11:11 AM

Matzneff never made any secret of his sexual preference for adolescent girls and boys and it did not stop him winning the Renaudot prize in 2013

Hontiveros sees link between influx of POGO workers, rise of sex trafficking in Manila

Jan 28, 2020 - 11:40 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros says photos of trafficked women are being passed around in WeChat and Telegram chat groups, where there are 'menus of services, as though in a restaurant'

PROSTITUTION DENS. Senator Risa Hontiveros, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Women, Children, Family Relations and Gender Equality, presides over a public hearing Tuesday, 28 January 2020 on the proliferation of human trafficking activities in the country brought about by the influx of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO). Photo by Albert Calvelo/Senate PRIB

Filipinos react to Ai-Ai delas Alas’ comments against same-sex marriage

Jan 10, 2020 - 3:21 PM

Ai-Ai reveals that she doesn't attend her gay friends' weddings, saying that 'she doesn't believe in it'

'Sex tech' aims to rise above negative image

Jan 09, 2020 - 9:50 AM

Entrepreneurs in this industry, many of whom started out in conventional consumer electronics, medicine or cosmetics, say pleasure and health go hand-in-hand

SEX TOYS. For the first time sex tech is making an appearance at CES in the health and wellness section of the giant electronics and gadget fair. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP


WATCH: It’s going to be a messy, exciting season 2 for 'Sex Education'

Jan 08, 2020 - 12:01 PM

The show returns on January 17

NEW SEASON. The students of Moordale High return in season 2 of 'Sex Education.' Photo courtesy of Netflix

Supreme Court junks same-sex marriage case 'with finality'

Jan 06, 2020 - 5:57 PM

The Supreme Court denies the motion for reconsideration as the lawyers presented 'no substantial arguments'

DENIED. In this photo, LGBTQ members light candles as they gather outside the Supreme Court in Manila on June 19, 2018 for the on-going oral arguments regarding the petition for same sex marriage. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Saving child sex workers

Dec 29, 2019 - 8:00 PM

An estimated 60,000 children are currently trapped in sexual exploitation in the Philippines. From Manila, a group of foreign and local operatives are working to save them.

Rescued victims are led back to police headquarters in Quezon City after being rescued from a condominium complex in Marakina City on December 5. 2019.

China bans 'custody and education' punishment for sex workers

Dec 28, 2019 - 10:28 PM

'Sex workers are subjected to police violence – forced labour, compulsory testing for sexually transmitted disease... [and] humiliation and physical violence at these centers,' says Shen Tingting of non-government organization Asia Catalyst

175 children abused by Mexican branch of Catholic Church – report

Dec 22, 2019 - 5:22 PM

The report states that Legionaries of Christ founder Marcial Maciel abused as many as 60 children and that a total of 33 priests or deacons acknowledged to have committed sexual assaults against minors since 1941

Canada's Jesuits to name priests accused of sexual abuse

Dec 18, 2019 - 9:43 AM

'It is the right thing for us to do,' and for victims of abuse it is 'important to healing,' says Erik Oland, the head of the Jesuits of Canada

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Pope lifts 'pontifical secret' for sex abuse cases

Dec 17, 2019 - 10:10 PM

So-called pontifical secrecy is a rule of confidentiality designed to protect sensitive information related to the governance of the Roman Catholic Church

Europe's most wanted online sex offender gets 20 years in Cebu

Dec 17, 2019 - 5:26 PM

Nelson Siacor Torayno is also ordered to pay P2 million in fines

CONVICTED. Nelson Siacor Torayno is convicted to 20 years in prison for sexually abusing children. Photo by the International Justice Mission

Malaysian police to quiz Anwar over sex assault claims

Dec 11, 2019 - 8:47 PM

Anwar Ibrahim has vehemently denied the claims by his former research assistant Muhammed Yusoff Rawther, who says he was assaulted in 2018

ANWAR. In this file photo, Malaysia's People's Justice Party president and leader of the Pakatan Harapan coalition Anwar Ibrahim speaks to China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi during a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on October 24, 2018. File photo by Daisuke Suzuki/Pool/AFP

3 more Chinese men nabbed for sex trafficking at Clark Freeport

Dec 07, 2019 - 8:46 AM

Nine Chinese women are rescued from a room at ON Pool Villas during the sting operation. They are at the regional social welfare office as authorities coordinate with the immigration bureau.

K-pop star Jung Joon-young jailed for 6 years for gang rape, spycam crimes

Nov 29, 2019 - 4:00 PM

South Korean singer Jung Joon-young is convicted of gang rape and secretly filming and then distributing illicit sex videos of his female partners

FIRST LOOK: 'Sex Education’ season 2

Nov 26, 2019 - 10:51 AM

Otis, Eric, Maeve, and the rest of the gang are back!

SEASON 2. Asa Butterfield and Ncuti Gatwa are back as best friends Otis and Eric in the second season of Netflix's 'Sex Education.' Photo courtesy of Netflix

Online sex trafficker arrested in Antipolo

Nov 09, 2019 - 2:15 PM

Police rescue 5 children from the scene during the operation

Supreme Court: Same-sex marriage an issue better resolved by Congress

Oct 31, 2019 - 1:16 PM

The 113-page ponencia lists a barrage of gender-specific laws that may be disturbed by ruling same-sex marriage as legal, and says these may be matters of policy better left to legislation

MARRIAGE EQUALITY. LGBTQ+ members light candles as they gather outside the Supreme Court in Manila on June 19, 2018 for the oral arguments regarding the petition seeking to legalize same sex marriage. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Tip from Australian police leads to arrest of online sex trafficker in Rizal

Oct 29, 2019 - 3:01 PM

The woman offers to livestream the sexual abuse of her own daughter to paying customers

EXPLOITER. Philippine authorities arrest a 45-year-old woman in Taytay, Rizal, for sexually abusing her own daughter while live streaming it to customers online on October 25, 2019. Photo courtesy of IJM

Gay marriage, abortion laws liberalized in Northern Ireland

Oct 22, 2019 - 8:30 AM

Grainne Teggart of Amnesty International says the change 'is a hugely significant moment and the beginning of a new era for Northern Ireland – one in which we're free from oppressive laws that have policed our bodies and healthcare'

DECRIMINALIZED. Pro-choice supporters pose as they gather at Parliament buildings on the Stormont Estate in Belfast on October 21, 2019. Photo by Paul Faith/AFP

British pedophile jailed for Malaysia abuse found dead in UK prison

Oct 15, 2019 - 7:27 AM

A UK Prison Service spokesman confirms Richard Huckle died on Sunday at Full Sutton Prison in northern England.

FOUND DEAD. A handout released by the British National Crime Agency on June 1, 2016 shows a custody picture of Richard Huckle who admitted a string of charges of sexual crimes against children in Kuala Lumpur. Photo by National Crime Agency/AFP

5 suspected online sex traffickers arrested in Biliran

Oct 11, 2019 - 8:27 PM

Aside from 5 teenage victims, police have also rescued a 10-month-old, an 11-month-old, and two 2-year-old children who were possibly exploited by the traffickers

Premarital sex 'immoral,' says Justice Reyes

Oct 02, 2019 - 3:20 PM

(UPDATED) Associate Justice Estela Perlas Bernabe, for her part, says banning premarital sex would violate the Constitution

#CJSEARCH2019. Junior Supreme Court Justice Jose Reyes Jr applies for chief justice. Photo from JBC

Having sex in older age could make you happier and healthier – new research

Sep 28, 2019 - 11:00 AM

New research seems to indicate that the less sex older people have, the more likely they are to experience mental and physical health problems

BENEFITS OF SEX. Older couples stand to gain helath benefits from sex. shutterstock/Roman Samborskyi

Cardinal Pell files High Court appeal against child sex conviction

Sep 17, 2019 - 2:46 PM

(UPDATED) It is the final avenue of appeal for George Pell – who is serving a 6-year sentence for sexually assaulting two choirboys in the 1990s – to get out of jail and clear his name

PELL. Australian Cardinal George Pell (L) is escorted into the Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne on June 6, 2019. Photo by Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/AFP

Fight for same-sex marriage in PH still alive despite Supreme Court ruling

Sep 04, 2019 - 2:18 PM

'(The ruling) did not resolve anything about same sex marriage, the opinions expressed there will not be controlling,' says Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin

MARRIAGE EQUALITY. LGBTQ+ members light candles as they gather outside the Supreme Court in Manila on June 19, 2018 for the oral arguments on a petition for same sex marriage. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Supreme Court junks same-sex marriage case on technicalities

Sep 03, 2019 - 2:37 PM

The dismissal is based on the lack of legal standing by petitioner Jesus Falcis. Falcis and his co-counsels are held liable for indirect contempt.

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE. LGBTQ members light candles as they gather outside the Supreme Court in Manila on June 19, 2018 for the oral arguments regarding the petition for same sex marriage. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Archbishop stands by disgraced Pell after sex-case appeal lost

Aug 23, 2019 - 7:13 AM

Melbourne Archbishop Peter Comensoli says while he accepted the testimony of the victim that convicted Pell, he believes his colleague was the victim of mistaken identity. He did not offer any evidence to support the claim.

Australian Cardinal George Pell (C) is escorted into the Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne on August 21, 2019. Convicted paedophile cardinal George Pell had his appeal against child sex abuse charges rejected by an Australian court on Wednesday, August 20, 2019. Asanka Brendon RATNAYAKE / AFP

Father of victim hopes for justice as Cardinal Pell waits for appeal verdict

Aug 20, 2019 - 10:46 AM

Australian Cardinal George Pell, the former Vatican number 3, is appealing against his conviction on 5 counts of sexually abusing two 13-year-old choirboys in the 1990s,

Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell speaks to the media at the Quirinale hotel in Rome on March 3, 2016 at the end of evidence via video-link to Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney for a second of three days.  Pell insisted he has the "full backing" of Pope Francis as he told an inquiry that abuse claims against Australia's most notorious paedophile priest were not "of much interest" to him. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO

Shadows still loom around Epstein after sexual predator's death

Aug 18, 2019 - 9:40 AM

His suicide on August 10 in a federal jail in Manhattan provided the latest jolt – but no final closure – to his disturbing story

JEFFREY EPSTEIN. The billionaire accused of trafficking young girls for sex is found to have killed himself in a high security prison. File photo by New York State Sex Offender Registry/AFP

Coroner rules that Jeffrey Epstein hanged himself

Aug 17, 2019 - 8:57 AM

The coroner's ruling comes days after Epstein was accused of trafficking minors for sex

(FILES) In this file undated handout photo obtained July 11, 2019 courtesy of the New York State Sex Offender Registry shows Jeffrey Epstein. Jeffrey Epstein is on suicide watch after he was found semi-concious in his cell on the evening of July 24. Epstein, 66, was charged on July 8, 2019 by prosecutors in New York with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors. HO / New York State Sex Offender Registry / AFP

Online sex trafficker in Cebu gets 15 years

Jul 31, 2019 - 10:30 AM

Judge Ramon Daomilas Jr orders the woman to pay fines and damages amounting to P1.5 million for trafficking at least 5 minors aged 6 to 17, among them her own daughter

SENTENCED. A woman pleads guilty to online sex trafficking charges and is sentenced to 15 years in prison. Photo courtesy of the International Justice Mission

Sex workers give red light to leaving famed Amsterdam district

Jul 30, 2019 - 6:57 PM

The Dutch capital's first female mayor has vowed to clean up the notorious red light district, but sex workers say they won't move

RED LIGHT DISTRICT. In this file photo taken on December 8, 2008, a prostitute waits for clients behind her window in the red light district of Amsterdam. Photo by Anoek De Groot/AFP

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] Applause for death, drugs, sex jokes – that is the State of the Nation

Jul 30, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The ramifications of these will outlast the next 3 years. Our institutions are compromised and, along with it, our values as a people.

[OPINION] A prayerful Congress

Jul 27, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Podiums will become pulpits

Margie Holmes returns on screen with HOOQ's 'Sex Talks'

Jul 26, 2019 - 4:01 PM

Rappler columnist, sex therapist, and author Dr Margarita Holmes talks about sex, orgasm, and more on HOOQ starting July 26

German trafficker in Lapu-Lapu City arrested

Jul 11, 2019 - 8:23 PM

A police report says his two-year-old son was among the pornographic images found in the evidence gathered by police

TRAFFICKING. Police arrest German online trafficker in Lapu-Lapu City. Photo by IJM

Vatican lifts envoy's immunity over sex assault claims – France

Jul 09, 2019 - 12:11 AM

Luigi Ventura, 74, faces 4 complaints of sexual abuse – including that he molested a junior official at the Paris town hall

VATICAN CITY. St Peter's Basilica reflects in a puddle of Via della Conciliazione on May 9, 2018 in Rome. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Seoul dissolves Japan fund for World War II 'comfort women'

Jul 05, 2019 - 3:28 PM

It is not clear what will happen to the money intended to compensate so-called 'comfort women' – a euphemism for those forced to provide sex for Japanese troops during World War II.

PROTEST. South Korean protesters sit near a statue of a teenage girl symbolizing former 'comfort women,' who served as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II, during a weekly demonstration in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul.  Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

[ANALYSIS] Sodom, Gomorrah, and the fate of gender equality

Jun 25, 2019 - 8:04 PM

At the heart of the resistance is the moral conviction that to be queer is not only strange, it is evil