NBI rescues five minors from online child trafficking, nabs suspect

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The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said in a press conference it cooperated with several local and international agencies in rescuing five minors and in arresting a man involved in child pornography, online human trafficking, and sexual abuse.

In what NBI Director Dante A. Gierran described as an “unprecedented” operation, a joint task force of the NBI Anti-Human Trafficking Division (NBI AHTRAD) and the Philippine National Police Women and Child Protection Center (PNP WCPC) were aided by elements of several international agencies in arresting suspected online child trafficker Ancelmo Ico, Jr. last Thursday, March 9, in an entrapment operation in Malolos, Bulacan.

Five minors aged at least seven were rescued and equipment used in Mr. Ico’s illegal activities such as laptops, cellphones, and tablets were also seized in the operation.

According to a statement released by the NBI, Mr. Ico, who also went by the alias Jaja Jhoncel, was “actively and aggressively involved in producing, manufacturing, offering, selling, advertising, promoting, communicating, and distributing explicit sexual activities of children or child pornography and offering [minors] for sexual exploitation.” — Dane Angelo M. Enerio