Amer­i­can ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of traf­fick­ing mi­nors

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - by Michelle Jessa Fae M. Mi­randa XAVIER UNIVER­SITY – ATE­NEO DE CA­GAYAN IN­TERN

PO­LICE ar­rested a 40-yearold Amer­i­can Navy re­tiree after be­ing found in the com­pany of two fe­male mi­nors at a beach re­sort in Santa Fe, Ban­tayan Is­land, Wed­nes­day evening.

A sit­u­a­tion where mi­nors in the com­pany of a much older per­son not his or her fam­ily mem­ber or rel­a­tive is con­sid­ered prima fa­cie ev­i­dence of traf­fick­ing and abuse of mi­nors.

The Amer­i­can, iden­ti­fied as Ja­son Stone, from Ore­gon, USA, was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of vi­o­la­tion of R.A. 10364 or the Ex­panded Anti-Traf­fick­ing in Per­sons Act of 2012 in re­la­tion to R.A. 7610, or the Spe­cial Pro­tec­tion of Chil­dren Against Abuse, Ex­ploita­tion and Dis­crim­i­na­tion Act.

The Santa Fe Po­lice re­ceived a re­port re­gard­ing the pres­ence of the for­eigner with the two mi­nors.

Re­spond­ing of­fi­cers SPO2 Sheila Ilus­trisimo, PO1 Ron­nel Umaran, PO1 Ginido Gil­buena, PO1 Jodel Cento and PO1 Bald­win ac­com­pa­nied by So­cial Wel­fare As­sis­tant Daisy Far­i­olen went to Mar­lin’s Beach Re­sort where they saw the Amer­i­can with the two girls, aged 14 and 16.

One of the girls is an ele­men­tary pupil while the other is a high school grad­u­ate. Both are res­i­dents of Barangay Maño, San Remi­gio town in main­land Cebu.

The re­spond­ing of­fi­cers found out that the Amer­i­can was not re­lated to the mi­nors ei­ther by con­san­guin­ity or affin­ity.

The mi­nors are now in the cus­tody of the so­cial wel­fare as­sis­tant, while the Amer­i­can is cur­rently de­tained at the Santa Fe Po­lice Sta­tion pend­ing the fil­ing of charges against him.

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