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2 cybersex dens raided in Cabanatuan, 3 held, 4 rescued

CABANATUAN CITY — Police on Thursday night raided two suspected cyber-sex dens in separate search operations here, resulting in the arrest of three men supposedly involved in its online operations and the rescue of four call centers agents who were allegedly forced to work in their illegal sex trafficking operations.

Raided were two rented apartments located on the 2nd floor of the Ramoso Bldg. in Bgy. Sangitan West, and on the 1st street, Kapitan Pepe Subd., Bgy. Hermogenes Concepcion Sr., both in this city.

These apartment units were allegedly being used by the suspects as fronts for human trafficking activities and for their cybersex operations said provincial police director Col. Marvin Joe C. Saro.

Arrested were Rafael Ryan Pireňo, 36, of Purok 6, Bgy. San Josef Sur; Jean Jimenez, 31, of Purok 4, San Josef Norte; and Efrain De Leon, 32, of Purok Bagong Sikat, Bgy. Aglipay, Rizal, Nueva Ecija. They were tagged as supervisors in the supposed cybersex den raided in Kapitan Pepe Subd., Bgy. Hermogenes Concepcion Sr.

Those rescued were their four employees identified as Jhon Michael Garcia, 26; Christian Jade Arenas, 19; Dan Gian Angelo Soriano, 28; and Alexander Dela Cruz, 29, all of Bgy. Imelda, this city.

Newly-designated city police officer-in-charge Lt. Col. Barnard Danie V. Dasugo said they were forced to work as “call center agents” by the alleged maintainer identified only as “Rupert,” who eluded arrest.

Mostly lalaki po ang mga nakuha nagtratrabaho dun at nanloloko ng mga foreigner para makakuha ng pera. Gumagamit sila ng hubad na larawan at inaakit sila para mag-sign-up sa link na ibibigay para po magdeduct sa credit card,” said case prober Staff Sgt. Christine Cajalne.

In the other operation at the Ramoso Bldg., three of the occupants named in the search warrant eluded arrest. They were identified as Florendo Hodalgo, Mark Elvin Angeles and Aldrin Padilla.

Saro said the twin operations also resulted in the seizure of five desktop computers, five printers, three Myphone tablet computers, two modem routers and P44,100 in cash.

He said these seized pieces of evidence will be submitted to Regional Anti-Cyber Crime Group for forensic examination.

Both operations were sanctioned by the Capas, Tarlac regional trial court under presiding judge Ronald Leo T. Haban, of Branch 66, who issued separate search warrants for violations of Republic Acts 9208 and 10175 on November 3.

The successful twin operations came barely nine days after Lt. Col. Dasugo’s assumption here as the city’s top cop on October 27.

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Steve A. Gosuico
Past President, Nueva Ecija Press Club, Inc.