Posted August 13, 2014
Written by Gloria Villas
35 women who are victims of human trafficking in Boracay are now under the custody of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
This was confirmed by the Boracay PNP Station, where three bar owners are facing violations of Republic Act No. 9208 or otherwise known as the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Law of 2003, for allegedly recruiting 35 women for prostitution.
The operations were conducted in three separate operations by the Boracay Tourist Assistance Center (BTAC) and the Aklan Police Provincial Office in coordination with the members of Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office last Thursday evening in three videoke bars in the barangays of Manoc-Manoc and Yapak for alleged human trafficking violations.
“The young women, who came from the provinces of Mindanao and Visayas, are involved in one place to another or moved in various places in the country.” BTAC said.
Meanwhile, this station also tried to get a statement from Aklan Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, but refused to speak it beforehand.