Nursing grad nabbed for ‘selling’ minor to police asset

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Saturday, February 15, 2014


A SUSPECTED cyberporn operator was arrested by the police during an entrapment inside an upscale hotel in Barangay Lahug, Cebu City late Thursday night.

Operatives of Regional Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (RAHTTF) 7 also rescued a 14-year-old boy who was allegedly sold by Eul Vincent Rodriguez, 27, in exchange for sexual services.

Insp. Sheryl Bautista, the task force' deputy chief, said Rodriguez, a nursing graduate, allegedly runs a cybersex business, where minors performed lewd acts in front of a computer.

This is the second operation conducted by RAHTTF against cyberporn after last year’s arrest of a couple in Cordova town who allegedly ran a cybersex operation in their home, which involved their three children.

Rodriguez, a resident of Barangay Tabunok, Talisay City, was being monitored by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement since December 2013 for being involved in cyberporn.

The operatives used a foreigner as a police decoy. The decoy decided to meet with the suspect in one of the rooms of the hotel.

When Rodriguez received the P10,000 marked money in exchange for the victim, he was arrested by police. The 14-year-old was brought to the custody of Department of Social Welfare and Services 7.

Bautista, during the press briefing, said the boy was the same person that has been shown by Rodriguez to their clients many times through live shows.

Non-bailable

Police will file a complaint against Rodriguez for violating Republic Act (RA) 10364 or the Expanded Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012, a non-bailable offense.

Rodriguez, when interviewed by reporters, said he became a handler of beauty pageant contestants after he failed to pass the nursing licensure examination.

He said he earned little from beauty pageants. “Daghan sad kaayo ta og hatagan kung marayna atong kandidata. Gamay nalang og sobra atoa (If my candidate wins the crown, I have to give money to so many so I end up with very little),” he said.

He said his gay neighbors, on the other hand, earn a lot of money from online sex shows.

Asked about his relationship with the victim, Rodriguez said he treats the boy like his “anak-anak” (child).

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“Sugo-suguon na nako siya. Maluoy man ko kay walay kaon usahay (I would send him on errands and feed him because sometimes he doesn’t have anything to eat),” he said.

Rodriguez said he and the victim would pose online in Internet shops but do not engage in sex. “Pakita-kita ra gud og totoy (We’d just show our chest),” he said.

Rodriguez said he only posed online to boyfriends he met on dating websites.

“Maamasin lang ta bisn wala ko manurse, makalarga ta og gawas. Seryosuhon diay ta (I hope to have a serious relationship and go abroad)," he said.

Dinner

He told reporters he does not sell minors to foreigners in hotels and thought their meeting last Thursday was just a pre-Valentine’s Day dinner.

“Feel nako dili ko deserving. Dili man ko dautan. Mo-share man gane ko sa blessing sa amoa (I don’t deserve this. I am not a bad person. I even share what I have),” he said.

When told his case is non-bailable, Rodriguez got worried that his mother would suffer a heart attack.

“My God, motupad ko katug sa mga lalaki nga daghan og tattoo. Awa gud akong kaugalingon (It’s horrible that I would have to sleep next to men with all that tattoos),” he said, referring to his small body frame.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 15, 2014.

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