A woman has been sentenced in the Philippines to life in prison for selling girls aged 12 to 16 to foreigners for sex. Ilonah Jean Ramos was found guilty of human trafficking in the Taguig Regional Trial Court in Metro Manila, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported.
In 2016, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the International Justice Mission, an organization that fights cyber-sex trafficking, held a sting operation in Bonifacio Global City, a financial district in Taguig.
Ramos and her Japanese boyfriend Kimura Fumihiro enticed five girls to go swimming in an apartment building, but the girls were handed over to an American man, who was actually an undercover agent for the NBI.
Fumihiro had been arranging sex shows for foreigners for a year by selling photos and videos of himself raping young girls.
The pair were arrested on March 8, 2016, and were held in the custody of the NBI. However, Fumihiro committed suicide two days after their arrest.
In court, Ramos claimed she had not been aware of Fumihiro’s cybersex activities. She also claimed that he was just a friend, not her lover.
However, the judge sentenced Ramos to life in prison and ordered her to pay a fine of 2 million pesos (nearly US$39,000), as well as 600,000 pesos in moral and exemplary damages to each of the five victims.