- 3 suspected pimps were arrested in an anti-sex trafficking raid in Malate, Manila
- 6 girls were rescued during the operation
- The suspects are facing charges for violating Republic Act 9028 or the Anti-trafficking of Persons Act of 2003
Three suspected pimps, including a woman, were nabbed in an entrapment operation carried out by police and social workers in Malate, Manila on Tuesday evening, February 2.
The Philippine National Police Women and Children Protection Center and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) conducted the raid after receiving information that minors are being sold to clients, usually foreigners, for “sex parties.”
The arrested suspects were identified by Chief Supt. Rosauro Acio, PNP Women and Children Protection Center chief, as Sonny Febra, 42, and Marilou Palacio, 39, both residents of Pasay City, and Rich Ortega, 24, of Remedios St. in Malate. The suspects are facing charges for violating Republic Act 9208 or Anti-trafficking of Persons Act of 2003.
After a week of surveillance, the raid was successfully mounted with the help of a Caucasian police asset who posed as a customer. The suspects were collared after receiving the P25,000 marked money from the Caucasian. Two other male suspects made a run for it and were able to elude arrest.
Six girls, all believed to be minors, were rescued in the operation and were placed under the care of the DSWD.
In her TV5’s Aksyon Tonite report, France Noguera interviewed the female suspect who denied the accusation leveled against them. She claimed the foreigner client only asked the girls to a disco party, and not to a sex party as alleged by the raiding team.