TAGBILARAN CITY – City police operatives have arrested a suspect for allegedly sexually abused three young children, report reaching the DYTR bared. In an interview with him yesterday at city police station, the suspect introduced himself as one Arturo Ligones, 33, single and resident of barangay Bool in this city. The police are still on the process of investigating him while the three young children are placed under the custody of city social welfare office.
He was nabbed in said barangay where he was allegedly seen by witness with the children, whose identities were not revealed, report said. It was not immediately known what kind of sexual abuse the suspect had allegedly committed but he may still be facing “violence against children.” Unconfirmed report said that the suspect allegedly attempted to make the children do “blow job.”
In a separate interview, barangay chairman Dodo Mendez of barangay Bool, where the Blood Compact shrine is located, said that the suspect is “problematic.” The suspect was then in Davao where he was also facing charges but was released for some settlement, Mendez said.
In Panglao town, some elementary pupils are reportedly victims of sexual abuse allegedly by a foreigner. It was not immediately known if the investigation had been completed or charges are filed in court. Bohol is not spared from sexual abuse or violence against children and trafficking in persons, report said.
John Fazio, political officer of the United State Embassy, who visited here last year said that “human trafficking is a global (problem) but it needs local solutions.” The campaign on human trafficking is making progress as the number of convictions of human trafficking cases increase from 37 to 52, report said. Data showed that convictions from 2003-2014 totaled 179, 34 of which were in Central Visayas but none in Bohol. Cebu City had 25; Lapulapu City, 6; Mandaue, 2; and Toledo, one.
There are 254 cases of human trafficking in 2003 and 97 as of June 2014 with 28 are minors and 69 adults, data presented by Atty. Ma. Laarni Guico of the International Justice Mission (IJM), showed. Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional office report showed that youngest victim of human trafficking is four years old. There were eight (8) cases reported; two preys in pornography; sexual exploit, 6 of fourteen years old and below (minors).
Twenty-six cases of minors (15-17 years old) are reported and 25 of these are sexual exploitation; and three in forced labor. Twenty nine cases reported, eleven of these are into sexual exploits and 18 forced labor of persons aged 18-22.
The United Nations approximates 2.5 million are victims of human trafficking worldwide. The International Labor Organization (ILO), Guico said, estimated that some 12.3 million of persons are into forced labor “in which 2.4 million victims of human trafficking.”
In the Philippines an estimate or between 300,000 and 400,000 are women and 60,000-100,000 are children victims of trafficking in persons, Guico said. (rvo)