MANILA – A court in Quezon City recently convicted a man for trafficking eight women, including two minors, for sexual services.
Judge Roslyn M. Rabara-Tria of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 94 found Jerome Zamora guilty beyond reasonable doubt of violating Republic Act No. 9208, or the Anti-Human Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003 with a penalty of life imprisonment and a fine of P2 million.
The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) lauded the court’s decision.
“Since January of this year, we have monitored five human trafficking cases resulting to the conviction of the accused," said IACAT Chair, Justice Secretary Leila De Lima.
Among the eight rescued women were two minors aged 14 and 17 years old.
Senior Assistant City Prosecutor Raymond Jonathan Lledo said the conviction was a result of the collaboration of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), the Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the IACAT who conducted an entrapment and rescue operations in Novaliches, Quezon City.
"The resolution of the case would not have been possible without the collaboration of agencies in the fight against modern-day slavery," Justice Undersecretary Jose Vicente Salazar, in-charge of IACAT, said.