MANILA (AFP) – A Philippine couple have been jailed for life for forcing young scantily-clad women to torture or kill animals for the sexual gratification of online customers, a court official said Tuesday.
Victor Ridon and Chita Dorma Ridon were found guilty of human trafficking by a court in the northern city of San Fernando.
“As clear as day, the factual evidence points to the accused spouses as the perpetrators of these grievous crimes,” Judge Alpino Florendo wrote in his ruling.
Court clerk Allen Sarmiento told AFP the “crush video” ruling, handed down on Monday, was the first of its kind in the Asian country.
However Philippine police have also conducted raids against individuals who make children perform sex acts for a global Internet audience.
The Ridons were arrested in 2011 and put on trial in 2012 following a complaint by a US-based animal rights group about animals being tortured or killed for sexual gratification in the Philippines.