The National Bureau of Investigation said on Friday that operatives of the NBI-Anti-Human Trafficking Division rescued 17 minors who were offered for sexual services, and arrested two human traffickers in Caloocan City last Thursday.
NBI Director Dante Gierran said the operation was based on information received by the Bureau that a group composed of several pimps have beena offering young girls for sexual services to male clients, local and foreigners.
The NBI-AHTRAD operatives arranged a rendezvous with the pimps to verify the information which was later confirmed.
The pimps were asking for P6,000 for every girl that would be chosen while those who are not chosen would be given a consolation of P1,000.
On July 27, 2017, as agreed, two pimps, identified as Glady Dulot and Cherry Ann Lascano, brought 17 young girls to a private resort in Caloocan City where the NBI-DSWD team was waiting.
After the payment for the sexual service of one girl was received, the suspects were immediately apprehended while the victims were taken into custody by the DSWD.
Initial assessment showed that all 17 victims are minors, the eldest of which is 17 years old and the youngest, 13.
The suspects were presented for inquest proceedings before the Department of Justice for violations of R.A. 9208 (Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act, as amended) and R.A. 7610 (Anti-Child Abuse Law).
A follow-up investigation was conducted to identify and possibly apprehend and charge other members of the group.