14 GROs Rescued in Tarlac
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on March 31, 2012.
SOME 14 women, believed to be victims of
sex slavery, were rescued by operatives of the Criminal Investigation and
Detection Unit (Cidu)-Central Visayas and Camiling Police during an
entrapment operation in Barangay Palimbo, Camiling, Tarlac, Wednesday.
Cidu Regional Director Rudy Lacadin said the entrapment operation was
conducted at Hilda “Kubo-Kubo” bar that resulted in the rescue of 14 Guest
Relations Officer (GRO).
The alleged owners of the bar identified as Hilda Lao, 56, of Camiling,
Tarlac and Benny Beritua, 27, cashier, a resident of Dagupan City were
arrested during the operation, Lacadin said.
An e-mail was sent to the Cidu-Central Visayas by the Bacolod Cidu on the
complaint lodged by Madona Ibanez of Barangay 1, Bacolod City against Vivian
Pelayo of Barangay Paglaun also in Bacolod and a certain “Hilda” of
Camiling, Tarlac for human trafficking.
Ibanez said her sister, Rachel, was recruited as a waitress in Pangasinan
but she was later transferred to Camiling, Tarlac, the report said.
Lacadin said Rachel told police that she was held inside the bar for
several months and did not receive any compensation from the owner.
Lacadin said Beritua was arrested after he allegedly offered two GROs to
police officers for sex.
The rescued victims confirmed that they charge their customers P1,500 in
exchange of sexual services.