MANILA - The Philippine National Police Women and Children Protection Center (PNP-WCPC) has rescued 16 women including 5 minors from their alleged pimp after they were offered to tourists residing in a resort in Caloocan City.
In an entrapment operation, suspect Raymond Falcotelo alias "Kaye" was caught receiving the P4,500 marked money as partial payment for women who would supposedly entertain Taiwanese guests checked in at a private resort in Old Zabarte Road in Camarin, Caloocan City.
According to Chief Supt. William Macavinta, the PNP-WCPC chief, the suspect provides women for parties and events especially in private resorts.
“Nagpo-provide sila ng mga halimbawa sa birthday party, nagre-request sila ng mga happy hour na maggu-good time. Ino-offer ng pimp ang serbisyo ng mga kababaihan. Range dito ay depende sa demand ng customer,” Macavinta explained.
(For example, there is a birthday party, they will request for "happy hour," for someone who will give them a good time. The pimp will offer the women for their services. The price range depends on the customer's demands.)
Macavinta said the rate for the women’s services ranges from P2,000 to P15,000.
According to Falcotelo, he spoke with other pimps through Facebook. He said they also used social media to look for women to offer to clients.
“Mayroon daw may birthday party, mga Taiwanese ang may order, inuman lang, bonding,” Falcotelo said.
(There's a birthday party, some Taiwanese ordered (women). They will just be drinking and bonding.)
“Tinext ako na magpapunta ako ng 4, sabi kulang daw, 'yung isang kaibigan ko, nagpapunta siya ng lima hanggang sa dumami,” he added.
(I received a message telling me to send 4 girls. They said it will not be enough. Another friend sent 5 girls until there were many more.)
Macavinta said the suspect threatened to expose the identities of the women in social media if they refused to cooperate.
“Tinatakot sila nitong pimp na 'pag hindi sila sumama, i-expose sila sa social media at sa barangay kung saan sila nakatira,” Macavinta said.
(The pimp threatened them and said that if they didn't come, they will be exposed on social media and in their neighborhood.)
Authorities are investigating if the resort owner is involved in the racket.
Macavinta called on establishment owners to be vigilant and make sure that their places are not used for illegal activities.
“Dine-demand din natin doon sa mga establishments na part of their social responsibility na sana 'wag magamit ang mga establishment nila sa mga ganitong sexual activities at i-report sa authority na nakakasakop sa kanilang lugar,” Macavinta said.
(We demand from owners that as part of their social responsibility, they won't let their establishments be used for sexual activities and they should report such activities to authorities in their areas.)
The suspect will be charged with Republic Act 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003.