Police bust human trafficking rings

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

ANGELES CITY -- Combined elements of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and Angeles City Police Station 4 recently conducted simultaneous entrapment and rescue operations against suspected human traffickers and their victims in at least two bars in Barangay Balibago, this city.

CIDG Provincial Officer Police Chief Inspector Heryl Bruno, in a report, said the joint group swooped down on Wild Geckos Cocktail Lounge and WE 4 U/Valhalla Resto Bar along Walking Street, Fields Avenue.

Bruno disclosed that the CIDG has been receiving reports about “alleged human trafficking activities taking place at the two bars” in violation of Republic Act 9208 or the Anti-Human Trafficking in Person Act of 2003 as amended by RA 10364, and against Angeles City Ordinance 43-10, series of 1995.


“Human Traffickers must not doubt the resolve of the CIDG to bring to justice and prosecute to the full extent of the law those who prey upon and sexually exploit vulnerable young women for their own greed and enrichment and the victims are often recruited and lured from the provinces by ‘mamasans’ with false promises of decent work and better lives when the truth is they are selling the victims into the sex trade,” said Bruno.

He said that during the raid, the CIDG rescued dozens of women allegedly being trafficked and pimped for sexual services to foreign nationals were rescued and are under the care of police, while the Angeles City Prosecutor’s Office found probable cause to indict for violation of R.A.9208 WE 4 U/Valhalla Resto Bar owners Rodnie E. Pilapil, Lerma M. Marbell and Matilde S. Cruz, and Gecko Cocktail Bar operators Fe Eleanor Germina and Jacklyn Sagun.

“We will hunt them down if necessary so they better wake up to the fact that there will be zero tolerance for human traffickers who will stand accountable for their criminal offending in court. Aside from that, the victims are again being placed in grave danger because of the very real risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases including AIDS and HIV from these foreign nationals,” stressed Bruno. (JTD)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on May 21, 2014.

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