The PNP Women and Children Protection Center (PNP-WCPC) has rescued 19 victims, 12 of which are minors, from four young pimps who allegedly sold them for sexual favors in a private resort in Valenzuela City.
Senior Supt. Villamor Tuliao of the Philippine National Police - Women and Children Protection Center said the victims were sold from P3,000 to P6,000 each to perform in a supposed stag party.
Authorities said the children came from Malabon, Caloocan and Manila.
The operation came after the police were tipped by Destiny Rescue, an international non-governmental organization dedicated to rescuing and protecting children from human trafficking.
"Traditional ito may mga pimps na nagbebenta at ino-offer sa mga customers at clients,” said Tuliao, chief of WCPC's Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division.
A police poseur buyer negotiated with the suspects wherein the victims were "booked" for the party.
Money was the reason that allegedly prompted the children to join the illegal activity.
"Maraming bagay na naipagpapalit nila ang kanilang dignidad sa murang edad," Tuliao said.
The children are now under the custody of Valenzuela City social welfare division. Charges are now being prepared against the suspects.
“Babala po sa ating publiko na ang trafficking in person ay isang krimen na habangbuhay po ang penalty. Sa mga magulang naman po, bantayan po natin kung ano ang activity ng ating mga anak. Lalo na kapag gabi,” Tuliao said.