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  • Writer's pictureMenchie Kinao

Baguio records zero online sexual exploitation but human trafficking remains prevalent

Baguio City, Philippines – The City of Pines currently has zero records of online sexual exploitation, as stated by Prosecutor Ruth Bernabe of the City Prosecutor’s Office through the City Public Information Office.


She added that the city has no child pornography cases. However, based on ground interviews conducted by an international non-government organization that collaborated with Mayor Benjamin Magalong during his tenure with the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, there has been an observed prevalence of human trafficking.


"The interviews revealed a high prevalence of trafficking in persons in the city, with most of the victims being students and youth," Magalong conveyed.


The majority of victims were reported to be students from families experiencing financial crises.


In response to this alarming issue, Magalong directed the Baguio City Police Office and City Permits and Licensing Division to monitor entertainment venues in the city, particularly those employing individuals without the requisite permits, and to provide a monthly report.


Meanwhile, plea agreements have been reached in two of the four Trafficking in Person cases filed by the National Bureau of Investigation last year. The remaining two are ongoing cases in court, according to Bernabe.