2 kids ‘used for sex’

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Thursday, July 31, 2014


TWO kids, aged 14 and 17 years old, were removed from the care of two men who allegedly used them for sexual intentions in separate incidents.

The 14-year-old girl was living with a 33-year-old man who passed her off as 18, the age of consent and no longer considered a minor. The 17-year-old boy, an orphan, accused his uncle of letting him use drugs and perform sexual acts.

The girl was rescued from a suspected drug den in Barangay Subangdaku, Mandaue City Thursday morning.

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Police officers from the Subangdaku Police Station arrested Vernon Cero, 33, after they found illegal drugs allegedly from his residence in Sitio Aroma around 5 a.m.

Senior Insp. Miguel Andeza, station chief, said he and fellow police officers saw Sheila (real name withheld) inside the suspect’s residence while searching the place.

Regional Trial Court Branch 56 Judge Teresita Galanida issued a search warrant against Cero last Wednesday.

Andeza said Cero claimed he and Sheila were live-in partners and that she is 18 years old.

The police later learned that the girl is only 14 after her mother went to the police station and presented her birth certificate.

Andeza said Cero will face child abuse raps on top of the drug charges.

Cero declined to comment when interviewed by GMA Balitang Bisdak.

Sheila, in an interview with the TV network, said she ran away from home and has been living with Cero for two months. Her family lives in Talisay City.

She said Cero forced her to have sex with him. The police turned the minor over to the City Social and Welfare Services.

“At first, she lied to us. She supported the suspect’s claim that she is 18 years old,” Andeza told Sun.Star Cebu.

Andeza said they found two big packs of suspected methamphetamine, locally known as shabu, and two other small packs from the suspect’s house. They also found several drug paraphernalia.

“The suspect had been in our watch list. We conducted surveillance on him,” he said.

Uncle

In Lapu-Lapu City, police are searching for a man who allegedly forced his 17-year-old nephew to masturbate in front of him.

Richard (not his real name) went to the Police Station 3 in Barangay Gun-ob last Tuesday afternoon to seek for help. He accused his uncle, Joselito Casim, believed to be in his late 30s, of forcing him to masturbate.

Casim was not around when the police went to his residence in Dimataga Village, Sitio Humay-Humay, Barangay Gun-ob.

According to the police, Richard is the son of Casim’s older sister. The minor is now with the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

The police will file a case for acts of lasciviousness against the suspect. Dr. Rene Obra, a psychiatrist, said a person involved in sexual violence may have a mental disorder.

“Excessive sexual desire is a disorder,” said Obra, head of the head of the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center’s Center for Behavioral Sciences.

Aside from mental health problems, a man who sexually exploits a minor may also be hooked on illegal drugs or alcohol.

“At the heart of sexual violence directed against women is gender inequality,” the World Health Organization (WHO) stated in its report on violence and health.

It further said that “sexual violence is a common and serious public health problem affecting millions of people each year throughout the world. It is driven by many factors operating in a range of social, cultural and economic contexts.”

The WHO defines sexual violence as “any sexual act, attempt to obtain a sexual act, unwanted sexual comments or advances, or acts to traffic, or otherwise directed, against a person’s sexuality using coercion, by any person regardless of their relationship to the victim, in any setting, including but not limited to home and work.”

Sexual violence includes rape, attempted rape, gang rape, and “other forms of assault involving a sexual organ, including coerced contact between the mouth and penis, vulva or anus,” WHO reported.

“There has been considerable research in recent times on the role of cognitive variables among the set of factors that can lead to rape. Sexually violent men have been shown to be more likely to consider victims responsible for the rape and are less knowledgeable about the impact of rape on victims,” the report read.

Obra said a person who observes he/she has a sexual disorder should seek treatment. (Sun.Star Cebu)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 01, 2014.

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