Seven girls, two of them minors, were rescued from a human trafficking operation in Davao City on Monday night 23 February. The girls were about to board a banca and then a boat docked at Sta. Ana port in Davao City when maritime police intercepted them. Arrested were three suspected pimps identified as Pierre Paulo Omega, Jeffrey Lampios, John Brian Coronel, and one Cherry Ann Martinez Maylas. Chief Inspector Carlito Apilat, deputy head of the Sta. Ana police, said they received a report that the girls were part of an “Akyat Barko” operation, where they would board ships docked at the port. Investigation showed the suspects promised the girls a “talent fee” in exchange for sexual favors aboard the ship. It was earlier reported that the seven victims, along with the suspects, were spotted by authorities onboard a boat and were on their way to a ship anchored off Sta. Ana Pier. Police intercepted the boat; after which, the victims admitted that they were recruited for sexual services. Apilat said their initial investigation showed the pimps would use code words for transactions. Some would get “talent fees” of up to P3,000. The girls are now in the custody of Sta. Ana police while the two minors were turned over to the city social welfare office for counselling. As for the three suspects, they face charges of human trafficking.

Source: GMA News and Sun Star