Three underaged children were rescued by police from an entertainment bar owner in Iloilo City Tuesday night.
The minors, two girls and one boy, were rescued by operatives from the Philippine National Police (PNP) along with the San Carlos City PNP Women and Children Protection Desk, and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Authorities were alerted by the minors' parents, who reportedly sought help from the San Carlos City PNP.
One of the children was reportedly working in Oton town KTV bar owned by a certain Elfren Cava, while two others were employed in Cava's household in Mandurriao, Iloilo City.
According to one of the girls, she was promised work as a household helper but was instead sent to the KTV bar to do "table work for some customers." The other girl, aged 16, said she has not been paid her salary since she started working at Cava's household more than a month ago.
Police reports said that the victims, along with the three other adults, were recruited by two "tomboys" in their hometown in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental. Police are still searching for the two alleged recruiters.
Cava, meanwhile, said he did not abuse the minors, insisting that he treats his employees well. He also said that the children were to be paid their salaries this month.
Authorities, however, are considering filing charges against Cava for violating the Anti-Child Abuse Law (R.a. 7610) and the Anti-Trafficking Law (R.A. 9208). -- report from Joyce Anne A. Clavecillas, ABS-CBN News Iloilo