Flesh trade

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

THE Regional Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 disclosed that it has rescued several women, some of them minors, from persons or a group engaged in human trafficking. Since this police unit started its operation five years ago, it has rescued 582 victims, 62 of them minors. Some 105 suspected human traffickers have been arrested, some of which have been convicted and now languishing in jail.

Just recently, the unit arrested a pimp during an entrapment operation in a mall in Mandaue City. Stephanie Reynes was caught together with her “recruits” in a mall when they were about to meet their “clients.”

Reynes admitted that she is a pimp but claimed that her recruits know what they were doing. She did not mislead her recruits, one of whom was a 16-year-old gay. They all knew that they were recruited for prostitution. Reynes is facing charges for violation of Republic Act 10364 or the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons of 2012 before the Mandaue City Prosecutor’s Office.


I don't know Reynes but I am inclined to believe her statement that those girls and the gay she recruited knew what they were doing. It is impossible for those recruits to just go with Reynes, who they didn’t know, to a certain place and to meet with somebody they also didn’t know. They must have been briefed beforehand about it.

But they executed affidavits that would pin down Reynes. This would be the end of her “monkey business.” If convicted, she might face life sentence, like those parents in Cordova who forced their children into cyber pornography.

But how many Reyneses are still out there selling and exploiting women? I will not say innocent women because I know some of them are really into the flesh trade. I only believe that they are innocent and were trapped into prostitution if they are from the provinces and were lured to work in the city but ended up in prostitution dens or in a bar.

I am not casting aspersions on the background of Reynes’s recruits but I suspect that some of them were from a bar in the north reclamation area that was padlocked by the city government for staging lewd shows.

Prostitution is the practice of having sexual relations in exchange for economic gain.

The term prostitute refers to a female person who engages in sex in exchange for money. Prostitution, they say, is the oldest profession because it supposedly started with Mary Magdalene during Jesus Christ's time.

The main reason why some girls are into flesh trade is poverty. But for some, poverty is not the real reason. Ambition is. I know of some girls who have decent jobs but are selling their flesh as sideline. You can see them in hotel lobbies, or you can contact them through their handlers because some of them are into the fashion industry.

Believe me. Even some movie starlets are into it. Remember the Brunei-yuki issue and the “escorts” controversy as exposed by the Cebuana actress from Danao City, Keana Reeves?

These high-class prostitutes are no different from those girls lining up every night in Barangay Kamagayan and Junquera St., known as the red light district in the city, looking for customers. Some of them can also be seen along Juan Osmeña St. and at the premises of the Redemptorist Church.

Can we solve this problem purely on law enforcement? I don't know.


Usa ka menor-de-edad nga nagbarug-barog sa daplin sa dalan ang gidakop sa pulis kay naa-an nga prostitute. Mireklamo ang batan-on nganong gidakop siya. Miingon ang pulis nga gidakop tika kay prostitute ka. Mirason ang batan-on nga dili siya prostitute.

Iyang giingnan ang pulis nga dili siya prostitute kon dili substitute.

“Nganong substitute man ka?” nangutana ang pulis. Miingon ang batan-on nga si Mama nako maoy prostitute. Unya nasakit man si Mama mao nga akoy mipuli. Di substitute ko.



Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 12, 2014.


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