MANILA - A regional trial court in Quezon City handed down a guilty verdict to a Pinay for recruiting and deceiving four women who ended up as sex workers in Malaysia and Brunei, the Commission on Filipinos Overseas said.
Presiding Judge Ralph S. Lee found Annaliza Datiles Carpacio guilty beyond reasonable doubt for violating Section 4 or Acts of Trafficking in Persons of Republic Act 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003.
She was sentenced to 20 years in jail, a fine of P1 million, and to pay each of the survivors P500,000 for moral damages and P50,000 for exemplary damages.
According to the CFO, it was seven years ago when Carpacio recruited four women, including a minor, to allegedly work as waitresses in Singapore.
But on the day of their departure, Carpacio brought them to the domestic airport and told them that they will travel to Malaysia via Zamboanga to evade stricter immigration policy in Singapore.
When the victims arrived in Zamboanga, two men escorted them to the Zamboanga port and proceeded to Malaysia via boat. Four of the victims were brought to Brunei while the other one remained in Malaysia. In Brunei, the four women were made to work as prostitutes.
The victims escaped and sought refuge at the Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur and they were repatriated with their case endorsed to the CFO.
Upon their return, Carpacio contacted one of the victims and again offered a job as a caregiver in Singapore which prompted them to seek the assistance of the CFO in filing a report to the National Bureau of Investigation–Anti-Human Trafficking Division (NBI-AHTRAD). An entrapment operation was conducted and Carpacio and her cohorts were apprehended and a case for violation of Republic Act 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003 was filed.
The CFO is the lead agency of the Advocacy and Communications Committee (ADVOCOM) of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) which supervises its flagship project, the 1343 Actionline against Human Trafficking.
The 1343 Actionline is the first dedicated 24/7 hotline that responds to emergency or crisis calls from victims of human trafficking and their families.
The Actionline can be reached from any point in Metro Manila and from the provinces using the Manila area code 02. Aside from accessing it through a local telephone line, the 1343 Actionline has expanded its services to provide other modes of reporting of trafficking-related cases through its website www.1343actionline.ph, email [email protected], mobile application, social media accounts and global toll-free lines in six countries.
Recently, the 1343 Actionline created a web portal, www.onlinelegalcounseling.1343actionline.ph, which provides free online legal counseling to the public with queries about human trafficking and other related cases.