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    Much of the economic cause of this kind of thing here are western (mainly US) losers and pedophiles coming here to RP. Any LE back in the US that want to help shut this down, let me know.

    Monday, August 04, 2008
    9 ‘trafficked’ females rescued

    THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the Bicol region brought nine women and girls back to Cebu recently after elements of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) rescued them from a brothel in Legaspi.

    DSWD 7 social workers received and assisted the rescued six women and three minors who are from Cebu City and Talisay City.

    Recruiters in Cebu were able to convince the girls and their parents earlier this month that the victims will be brought to Manila to perform in a fashion show.

    However, the recruiters sent the victims to a brothel called Azy’s Clubhouse After 5 and Videoke Bar in Legaspi City.

    The International Justice Mission (IJM), an international human rights organization working to strengthen anti-trafficking
    efforts, learned of the incident and informed NBI 7 Director Medardo de Lemos, who, in turn, requested assistance from NBI Legaspi District Chief Tomas Enrile.


    IJM presented the case to Enrile and the latter immediately responded by mobilizing a rescue operation.

    NBI agents acting as customers gathered evidence confirming that the brothel was selling minor and adult victims of trafficking to their clients for sex.

    The NBI agents raided the bar, rescued 13 trafficking victims and arrested three suspects.

    NBI immediately turned over the girls to the DSWD 7, which arranged for their shelter at its center, provided them with basic necessities and debriefed them of their rights with the assistance of IJM social workers from Cebu.

    NBI filed charges against four trafficking suspects in Legaspi, including the brothel owner and the recruiter from Cebu, for violations of Republic Act 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003, which carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

    Seven of the victims have already executed affidavits and testified against all four suspects.

    At the request of the accused, the prosecutor will conduct a preliminary investigation on the case prior to the filing charges in court.

    Three suspects will remain under NBI custody during the preliminary investigation, but the manhunt for the brothel owner will continue.
    Last edited by cmr164; 08-03-2008, 09:09 PM.

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