Jaraula orders crackdown vs illegal sex trade operators

CAGAYAN de Oro City mayor Constantino G. Jaraula today ordered local police to launch an all-out drive against business establishments and internet cafes posing as “prostitution” and “cybersex” dens in the city.

In his weekly message during Monday’s flagraising ceremony at City Hall, Jaraula ordered the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) to widen its drive against the “flesh trade” after two Swedish nationals were arrested last week by joint police and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) operatives for allegedly operating a cybersex den along the national highway in Barangay Kauswagan here.

Reports claimed that at least 17 female “models” were caught doing lewd acts before web-camera equipped, internet-capable computers in exchange for money from paying local and foreign customers and patrons.

“We should not tolerate ‘sabak-sabak’ (prostitution) and ‘hubo-hubo’ (lewd shows) in our city,” said Mayor Jaraula after he received reports of the proliferation of the illegal sex trade in the city.

As he expressed gladness when local economy perked up after Cagayan de Oro City hosted several local and national conventions over the past few weeks, Jaraula stressed that the city has so much to offer to guests and visitors, saying that sex trade would only erode the image of the Cagayanons as “morally upright” people.

“We should be able to offer to our guests and visitors something appreciable and admirable and let them bring home the lasting and wholesome memory such as good food, nice accommodations and amenities and the like,” the mayor said.

With the growing reputation of Cagayan de Oro City as a major investment and tourism destination in this part of the country, Jaraula noted that the city can compete with other fast-growing cities in the country, but not on the level of (illegal sex trade), but that of on the level of “decency and morality.” A report from Sandra Tadeo of the City Information Office



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