Barangay Canjulao in Lapu-Lapu City in the Philippines. Photo: Google Maps

A Filipino man was sentenced to 15 years in jail for offering and transmitting sexually explicit images of children online in exchange for money.

On April 5, 2017, in Barangay Canjulao, Lapu-Lapu City, Paul John Berame, 24, was arrested during an operation conducted by the Philippine National Police’s Women and Children Protection Center. Three under-age girls were rescued during the operation, the Sun Star reported.

Before the arrest, police conducted surveillance on Berame and confirmed he was involved in cybersex trafficking of children. Berame had sold nude pictures of children ranging from six to 14 years of age.

On Tuesday, Berame pleaded guilty to a charge of Attempted Trafficking in Persons at the Regional Trial Court Branch 53 in Lapu-Lapu City. He was originally charged with Qualified Trafficking in Persons under the Republic Act 9208, which has a penalty of life imprisonment.

Berame entered into a plea bargain and pleaded to a lower offense. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison and was ordered to pay a total of PHP650,000 (US$12,086) in fines and damages.

Asia Times Financial is now live. Linking accurate news, insightful analysis and local knowledge with the ATF China Bond 50 Index, the world's first benchmark cross sector Chinese Bond Indices. Read ATF now.