MANILA - Seven women were rescued by the Philippine National Police Women and Children Protection Center (PNP-WCPC) from two suspected pimps in a hotel resort in Barangay Abangansur, Marilao, Bulacan on Wednesday night.
According to Chief Inspector Francis Rodrin, Intelligence and Investigation Section chief of the WCPC Anti Trafficking in Persons Division, suspects Divina May Gracia and Louie Reyes were arrested in the entrapment operation after they received the payment from a police officer who pretended to be a customer.
Rodrin said the transaction was conducted online.
“Meron silang mga contact through Facebook, Messenger, through cellphones. Pinapakita nila sa customers ang mga pictures. Kung hindi available that time, meron pa silang ipapakitang iba pa. May mga contacts sila sa iba’t ibang lugar sa Bulacan at Valenzuela,” Rodrin said.
Rodrin said the girls were offered to potential customers in Valenzuela and Bulacan.
“Kapag nakontak nitong mga bugaw ang mga babae, that’s the time na pumupunta sila para i-entertain ang mga kustomers,” Rodrin said.
“Sa transaksyon namin kanina, P2,000 per babae. Yung P1,000 sa babae, P1,000 sa kanila. Minsan binibigay nila sa babae P500 lang,” he added.
According to the WCPC, the suspects offered female students to customers often in a motel or resort.
“Merong area of operation ang mga pimp. Usually, nagyayaya muna sa mga kainan muna doon magkakaroon ng transaksyon. Doon magkakaroon ng deal, show up ng mga babae then magkakaroon ng bayaran. Ang mga bugaw na ang magre-recommend kung saang hotel dadalhin,” Rodrin explained.
Authorities are still verifying if the rescued women are minors.
The suspects will be charged with violation of Republic Act 9208 or the Anti Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003 and Anti Child Abuse Law.