A mere pictorial of young girls to cyberpornography

11:21 May 14 2015 Cebu

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Australian national Michael Refalo, 61, was arrested last Wednesday, allegedly exploited 14 girls, 10 of whom are believed to be minors, in Barangay Pooc, Santa Fe town in Cebu.
Some of the foreigner’s neighbors in Pooc reported his activities to authorities last year after they saw him in the company of minors. His alleged victims were school girls aged 14 to 18.

Accordingly, students are mostly victims. They went to Refalo’s house wearing their uniforms and some are riding with him on his bike. He let them use his computer and internet, gave them food and mobile phones so they would keep coming back to his house.

The police learned of Refalo’s presence in San Francisco after his former girlfriend reported him to Vice Mayor Ken Capao, who in turn relayed the information to the police.
In a press conference yesterday, lawyer John Tanagho, deputy field office director of IJM Cebu, said the Regional Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (RAHTTF) 7 first conducted surveillance in Pooc, Santa Fe in 2013 after receiving reports of sexual exploitation of young girls.

“Stop exploiting women and children,” Magpale said. She exhorted the mothers of the girls to think of their daughters’ future and not dismiss what the girls did as mere pictorial akin to cyber pornography.
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