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Feb 03, 2012 at 03:25 PM
MANILA, Philippines — The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) Friday reported that it rescued 13 sexually-abused women and 18 victims of illegal recruitment in two separate operations in Laguna and Tawi-Tawi last week.

Vice President Jejomar C. Binay, concurrent Chairman Emeritus of the IACAT, expressed hope that the successful twin operations would greatly increase the chances of the Philippines to improve its status in the Global Trafficking in Persons Report of the United States State Department.

The operations, he said, showed "the government’s resolve to end human trafficking in the country.”

“I thank all member-agencies of the IACAT for their unwavering vigilance in going after human traffickers, especially those who exploit our women, children and less-fortunate ‘kababayans,’” Binay said.

IACAT members and the Women and Children’s Protection Division (WCPD) of the Biñan Police Station rescued 13 women and arrested three suspected pimps at a resort in Biñan, late Wednesday night. IACAT personnel from the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) and Department of Justice (DoJ) posed as customers and ordered young women from the alleged pimps for a stag party at the Presko Resort in Barangay San Antonio.

Upon delivery of the women, which included two minors aged 15 and 16 years old, and payment of the marked money, the three pimps were arrested.

The rescued victims and the arrested suspects are in the custody of the CIDG. The suspects will be charged with violation of Republic Act 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003.

Meanwhile, joint elements of the IACAT, Tawi-Tawi Police Provincial Office, and Tawi-Tawi Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Tuesday rescued seven women and 11 men who were about to be smuggled to Malaysia.

The 18 were on board the M/V Trisha 2 ship docked at Bongao pier when they were rescued. They are now in the custody of the DSWD for debriefing and counseling. --JC BELLO RUIZ, Manila Bulletin


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