MANILA – Eight women and 16 men were rescued by police through the Oplan Magdalena initiative launched by the Caloocan City government.
This, after the Northern Police District, particularly its Women and Children's Desk, raided two bars and two other areas in the city.
According to Police Sr. Insp. Lolita Lucas, chief of the District Women and Children's Desk, the alleged victims of human trafficking will be brought to the Caloocan Social Welfare and Development to undergo counseling.
However, Lucas said that they still have no evidence if the establishments they raided are really prostitution dens.
If proven, the owners of the bars will be charged for violating the Republic Act No. 10364 or Anti-Human Trafficking in Persons Act.
Authorities also advised business owners to undergo the right process of setting up businesses and get the necessary permit from the local government.
The police are currently on full alert for other possible prostitution sites in Caloocan. – with report from Zandro Ochona, ABS-CBN DZMM