6 minors working as prostitutes rescued in Quirino, Isabela



CIDG Director Samuel D. Pagdilao Jr. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Seven victims of human trafficking, six of whom were minors, have been rescued by authorities in remote towns in Quirino and Isabela provinces, police said Tuesday.

Police Director Samuel Pagdilao Jr., Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) chief, said they were able to arrest the owners of two brothels known as Rose-Janet Videoke Bar in Ramon, Isabela and Gina’s Green Bar, in Saguday, Quirino.

The victims were rescued after raids were conducted by CIDG operatives in the said bars around 11:30 p.m. Monday, Pagdilao said in a statement.

Police Superintendent Emma Libunao, Women and Children Protection Division (WCPD) chief, said that “four minors aged 15, 17, and 16 were rescued in Rose-Janette Videoke Bar while three victims, two are minors aged 14 and 15, were rescued in Gina’s Green Bar.”

She added that they received information from three minors from Caloocan City that have been recruited and then managed to escape from the bars. They told police that they were recruited by the owners of the bar in October initially “to work as waitresses but they ended up as sex workers.”

CIDG investigators found that the owner of Gina Videoke Club told those they have already recruited to get more minors from Manila. The owners paid for their fare, which were later deducted from what they earn as prostitutes.

The victims are set to be turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development while appropriate charges are being prepared against the owners of the bars, Pagdilao said.

“Recent raids show that human trafficking remains a serious problem in the country that even in remote areas such as Quirino and Isabela provinces, minors are rampantly being trafficked for sex trade,” Libunao said.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDXEVEFHW2ZT5VWHDWBNM6XGE4 RyanE

    This is the effect of rampant poverty, and the priests and bishops are blind to this predicament. The RC church’s rabid opposition to the RH bill will certainly result to more incidents like this in the future.


  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6PJY7TX7ULD7M7LCCKI3AZDARM Levi Velasco

    basahin nyo mga pader, sino kaya ang makasalanan, kayo ba o ang mga prosti na ito? ang tawag sa inyo ni kristo, mga epokrito.

  • tukmoldinako

    kahirapan na naman daw kaya kasalanan ng mga pari, kawawa naman kayo pader kayo naman daw ang may kasalanan.

    human traficker , sex slavery eh napakalayo sa RH bill, yan ay kakulangan sa pagaaral at di naiintindihan ang binabasa. Ganun paman, Director Pagdilao congratulation po sa inyo. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UNG22PZMMLON3SJOGTW35XAKWA Robin D

    sunugin ng buhay ang mga H***ta*ng mga may ari ng mga bar na yan.. mga bata ang mga yan di na kayo naawa. dapat sa mga yan hindi na pinapaabot ng korte. dapat sinasalbeyg na……


    GOOD WORK Dir. PAGDILAO…..keep it up!  We’re proud and rooting for you.  MABUHAY ka kabayan!  Huwag tantanan ang mga TNL na yan hangga’t maubos ng lahat.  Op kors, kailangan ding tulungan sa paghanap ng mabuting mapagkikitaan ang mga nasadlak sa ganyang uri ng hanap-buhay…..mayaman ang ating bayan….kaya nga lang, ang dami-daming buaya’t buwitre na ang gusto nay sila na lang ang mabuhay ng mariwasa.  

  • Horst Manure

    Send the owners of the bar to a Pine apple farm to be raped by the growers produce.

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