PRO 8 Nabbed 2 for Trafficking in Persons, Recued 9 Victims in Tacloban

Camp Ruperto Kangleon, Palo, Leyte- Joint elements from the WCPD-PRO 8, WCPD PS 2-TCPO, DWSD 8, RIACAT 8, and CSWDO conducted Simultaneous Entrapment and Rescue Operations on Trafficking in Persons around 8:45 PM on June 24, 2021, in Tacloban City resulted to the arrest of two (2) suspects and rescue of nine (9) female victims including 1 Minor (16 years old).

Suspect #1, Jason Pambojan y Yape alias Kara, 24 years old, single, performer comedian, hairdresser, and resident of Brgy. 36, Sabang, Tacloban City was arrested at Senator Enage St., Brgy. 1 and 4, Tacloban City while Suspect # 2, Khrisha Alvarez y Planas, 25 years old, with live-in partner, jobless and a resident of Brgy. 105 Suhi, Tacloban City was arrested fronting Sto. Niño Church at Brgy. 25 Zamora Corner Juan Luna, Tacloban City.

Along with the arrest of said suspects was the rescue of nine (9) female victims including 1 Minor (16 years old)

Confiscated and recovered pieces of evidence from Suspect #1 are the following: One (1) pc. Unit Techno Spark Cellular Phone color black; One (1) pc. Cellular phone Casing color black; One (1) pc. 20 peso bill with serial nr DY305020, two (2) pcs Five peso coins, and one (1) pc. Peso coin; One (1) pc Trust Condom; Two (2) pcs. Five hundred peso bill marked money with serial numbers FX 181389 and AX787986, and Twenty (20) pcs. five hundred peso bill boodle money part of marked money with serial number AV697470.

Meanwhile confiscated from Suspect #2 are two (2) pieces five hundred peso bills (500.00) with serial numbers FG069326; thirteen (13) pieces bugos money worth twelve thousand five hundred pesos (P12, 500); and one (1) piece Vivo cellphone

Victims are now under the protective custody of CSWDO.

Investigation disclosed that women/minors are offered in the social media site for sexual services for monetary consideration. Pictures of these women/minors are being posted in the said site with price tag like commodities for sale.

Just this 8 am today, June 26, through inquest, a case filed for Violation of Section 6, RA 10364 (Qualified Trafficking in Persons) with Docket nr: VIII-03-INO-21F-004 against the suspects at the City Prosecutor’s Office, Tacloban City.

“I would like to commend the efforts of our personnel together with our partners in this successful entrapment and rescue operations, ” PBGEN RONALDO FAUSTINO DE JESUS, Regional Director stated.

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