BUGUIAS, Benguet—Police raided four suspected prostitution dens in separate operations early this week in this northern Benguet town and nabbed 21 women, including 10 minors, a senior police official said on Friday.
Sr. Supt. Jimmy Catanes, regional director of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), said the operatives arrested four suspected pimps, who will be charge of human trafficking, which is considered a heinous crime.
“Prostitution in Abatan, Buguias is deeply rooted because of backing by numerous influential people,” Catanes said.
Buguias, which is one of the most progressive urban centers in northern Benguet, has an active nigh life. Numerous bars and night clubs have sprouted in the area in the past several years.
Pimps brought suspected prostitutes to Buguias from other provinces and nearby towns. Prostitution dens close down during police raids, but they reopen after several days or weeks.
Catanes said several prostitutes eluded arrest during the raids but it will take a lont time for them to resume working again because CIDG Director-General Benjamin Magalong has ordered a sustained operation against them.
“We want to get to the bottom of these and get the coddlers and traffickers of women and children,” Catanes said.
He said their operation has fanned out to nearby towns to provent the traffickers from transferring their oprations to elude arrest.