Don’t hire minors, bars and clubs told
The Palawan police have warned numerous nightclubs and bars in the city and municipalities in the province not to hire minors and get them involved in the sex trade.
Senior Supt. Gabriel Lopez, director of the Palawan Provincial Police Office (PPO), issued the warning after receiving many reports that children are being forced into the sex trade in certain areas in the province.
However, Lopez did not disclose specific details regarding reports of minors being manipulated and coerced to engage in child prostitution.
He said that his office is now on heightened monitoring to prevent the abuse of children by unscrupulous individuals.
“Nagbibigay tayo nang babala sa mga may painuman, [bars], at restaurant sa pagtanggap nila ng mga empleyado na menor de edad, lalo na ‘yong involved nga sa ganyan na maging sex worker. May mga batas tayong nandiyan,” Lopez said.
He said that with the flourishing tourism industry in the province, “the police wants to ensure that vulnerable sectors like minors are protected.”
Lopez added that Camp Crame plans to establish a local Women and Children Protection Desk (WCPD) unit to address the issue and to further extend help to “human trafficking” victims.
“Madalas pumapasyal dito ang mga personnel ng Crame. Nagbabalak sila na maglagay ng opisina dito para matutukan nila ang [problema bago lumala],” he said.
For his part, Senior Supt. Ronnie Francis Cariaga, Puerto Princesa City Police Office (PPCPO) director, said he will not tolerate child prostitution in the city even as he assured concerned parents they can always ask them for help.
“Talagang bantayan talaga natin ang mga anak natin. I-guide [sila], mahirap na sa panahon ngayon, sa new generation, hindi madali ang maging isang magulang, dahil ang dami nilang (ng mga bata) mga updates ngayon, puwede silang makipag-chat kahit kanino around the world,” Cariaga said.
He said the illegal activity also exists online where minors are sold to customers, and if any case in the city manifests, the public should be vigilant to immediately report to them.
Earlier, a mother sought the help of authorities after her teen daughter was allegedly sold by a relative to a customer who is allegedly a Chinese businessman.
The mother claimed that her 13-year old daughter was brought to No Tel Lodge by this suspected child offender who in exchange for a brand new smartphone.
The mother will file charges against the suspects.
The suspects face charges for violating Republic Act 7610 that carries a penalty of 20 to 30 years imprisonment.