U.S. and Philippine Law Enforcement cooperate to curb child sex tourism in the Philippines

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines commends the Philippine National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), the Philippine National Police (PNP), and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for a successful NBI-led operation in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City that led to the rescue of three minors and the arrest of five suspects for child sex tourism.

The operation, which took place over the weekend, was part of Operation Cross Country (OCC), a coordinated U.S. and international effort to arrest child sex pedophiles and recover victims of this offense. The FBI has expanded OCC this year to include international partners, in both simultaneous operations and public awareness of the threat.

The FBI now works with NBI and PNP to conduct operations against child sex tourism targets, recover child victims engaged in commercial sex trafficking in-country, and identify new child sex tourism investigations. To date, OCC has initiated 74 Child Exploitation Task Forces, rescued over 6000 children worldwide, opened more than 540 investigations, and brought 19 traffickers to face federal life sentences.

Source: Philippine Information Agency

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