CIDG3 rescues 14 girls from human trafficking

Published: Saturday, March 31, 2012 00:00 / Written by : George Hubierna

CAMP Macabulos, Tarlac City -- The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) 3 yesterday filed three criminal charges against four suspects after they rescued 14 young women, who were reportedly forced to work as prostitutes at Nilda’s Kubo-Kubo in Bgy. Palimbo, Camiling, Tarlac.

CIDG provincial officer Chief Insp. Richard Caballero identified the suspects as Vivian Pelayo, Benny Baritua, a certain “Ome” and Nilda Laot, the owner of the said establishment.

Caballero said they earlier received a call from the CIDG in Bacolod City upon the request of its chief executive Mayor Atty. Evelio Leonardia that one of the victim’s sister, identified as Madonna Ibanez of Bgy. Banago, sought his help for the rescue of her sister.

It was told that Madonna’s sister Viel (not her real name), was applying for job abroad but due to lack of money she decided to work for a while so she can pay the processing of her papers.

Viel said she was recruited to work as waitress but to her surprise, she was forced to be a prostitute. She landed first in Bugallon, Pangasinan and later transferred to Camiling, Tarlac.

The victim managed to send a text message to her sister about her problem, prompting her sister to report the matter to their mayor and to the CIDG in Bacolod City.

Last Wednesday, the CIDG, together with Provincial Intelligence Branch led by Supt. Bayani Razalan, raided the place and rescued Viel as well as the other 13 victims and accosted Baritua and Laot while the two other suspects escaped.

The operation was successful after PO2 Amado Basilio Jr., PO2 Alfredo Santos, June Santiago (CIDG asset), together with two media personalities Homer Teodoro of GMA7 and Nelson Bolos of Northern Observer posed as customer. They requested to take out girls and paid P3,000 as bar fines. Upon handing the amount to Baritua, the operatives announce the raid.

The suspects were charged with violation of RA 9208 of the Anti-Human Trafficking Act with no bail recommended and a case of white slave trade with recommended bail of P24,000 each filed before Assistant Provincial Prosecutor Eduardo M. Guardiano. Grave coercion charges were also filed before the Municipal Trial Court in Camiling town with recommended bail of P12,000 each.

According to Tarlac police director Senior Supt. Alfred Corpus, some important personalities tried to negotiate in behalf of the accused but the victim refused and turned down any monetary offer and pursued to file a case against the suspects.

Viel was placed under the custody of CIDG here for her protection and security while the 13 victims were turned over to barangay officials after giving their statement.

Source: Saturday, March 31, 2012 00:00 Written by : George Hubierna