Nelson Siacor Torayno, 32 years old, was arrested on 12 April 2019 at his rented room in Cebu City where thousands of images, including videos depicting children being sexually abused by an adult, were found in his possession.
Joint forces of the National Bureau of Investigations - Anti-Human Trafficking Division (NBI- AHTRAD) and the Philippine National Police - Women and Children Protection Center (PNP-WCPC) arrested Torayno for possession of CSEM with intent to sell, distribute, publish or broadcast, committed through the use of information communications technology.
Partner agencies from the Philippine Internet Crimes Against Children Center (PICACC) – namely, the Australian Federal Police (AFP), the United Kingdom National Crime Agency (NCA), and non-government organisation International Justice Mission (IJM) – supported the operation.
AFP Assistant Commissioner Debbie Platz, National Manager Crime Operations, said the arrest highlighted the impact of cross-border collaboration between foreign law enforcement in combatting cybersex trafficking.
“The AFP is committed to combatting transnational child sexual exploitation, whether the offending and victims are in Australia or abroad. The arrest of such a significant suspect who is accused of abusing children to produce CSEM for international dark-web distribution highlights the value of international collaboration provided by the PICACC,” Assistant Commissioner Platz said.
NBI-AHTRAD Chief, Attorney Janet Francisco expressed that Torayno’s arrest was testament to their commitment and resolve to fight cybersex trafficking, also known as online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC). She adds, “It was a group effort, and a clear demonstration of how collaboration works, to our advantage. Certainly, there are others like him out there waiting for the opportunity to prey on helpless children, but one thing is more certain, that we are likewise waiting for the opportunity to get them!”
PNP-WCPC Chief, PBGEN William Macavinta was ashamed that Europol’s number one on the list of sexual offenders is a Filipino who had abused numerous Filipino children.
“The message is very clear. Regardless of the nationality of the perpetrator or wherever he is, the WCPC will support working under PICACC to ensure global cooperation and response until the Philippines is protected from those who victimise our innocent children using the internet,” Macavinta said.
In September 2018, Queensland Police Service (QPS) forwarded a referral to the AFP who in turn referred the case to NBI and PNP. Armed with evidence acquired during investigations, a search warrant was secured on 11 April 2019 from Judge Ramon B. Daomilas Jr. of Regional Trial Court Branch 11 Cebu City, the designated Cybercrime Court in Region 7. Torayno is detained at Bagong Buhay Rehabilitation Center in Cebu City, facing charges for his crime.
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