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Australian charged for human trafficking

Philippine prosecutors said on Thursday they will file human trafficking and murder charges against an Australian man who allegedly sexually assaulted babies and children as part of a booming cyber-sex trade.

The suspect, Gerard Peter Scully, 51, was arrested in the southern Philippines city of Malaybalay last month after allegedly sexually abusing at least 8 girls, including an 18-month-old infant.

He also allegedly strangled one of the girls to death, with her skeleton later discovered buried under a house he had rented, investigators said. A complaint, filed by Justice Department investigators with the prosecutors’ office, said Scully forced the girls to perform sexual acts in front of a camera.

“Let notice be served to these criminal elements that the days of their child cybersex operations are
numbered,” Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said in a statement on the case.

“Wherever these syndicates are, we will hunt them down and we will bring them to justice.” In the complaint outlining the case, a 13-year-old girl was quoted as saying that her family agreed she could do domestic work at his home in 2012. But she was instead forced to perform sex acts with other girls.

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