MANILA, Philippines – Police said Sunday, June 23 they rescued 3 young girls from the clutches of human traffickers during an entrapment operation in front of Banga Elementary school in Meycauayan, Bulacan.
The girls, aged between 14 and 17 and whose identities were withheld, were promised employment in Malaysia by two suspects who asked them to pose naked as a requirement, according to a report by Northern Police District (NPD) Police Chief Supt Jose Alvarez.
The suspects, one of whom was identified as Vilma Gatab, 37, were arrested for violating Republic Act 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003.
NPD members and social workers carried out the operation.
The NPD said it continues to conduct investigations to arrest other suspects and rescue more victims in other places such as Zamboanga. – Rappler.com