9 res­cued, 3 nabbed for child traf­fick­ing

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Front Page -

Au­thor­i­ties on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 8, have pressed charges against three men for al­leged in­volve­ment in child traf­fick­ing after they were caught oc­cu­py­ing two rooms with 9 mi­nors at an inn along Os­mena-Luna streets, Ca­gayan de Oro City, to­gether with nine mi­nor chil­dren.

Charged be­fore the City Prose­cu­tors Of­fice were J.R. Se­rina and Alexan­der Cla­mares, both 19 years old and res­i­dents of Calaanan, Can­i­toan, and 18 years old Mario En­tolon of Ma­can­han, Car­men.

Se­nior In­spec­tor Den­nis Quin­dara, po­lice sta­tion 2 chief, said the three were charged for vi­o­la­tions of the Ex­panded Anti-Traf­fick­ing in Per­sons Act

(RA 10364) in re­la­tion to Spe­cial Pro­tec­tion of Chil­dren Against Abuse, Ex­ploita­tion and Dis­crim­i­na­tion Act (RA 7610).

“Case un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion pend­ing the res­o­lu­tion from the city prose­cu­tors of­fice. Cases trans­mit­ted to CPO yes­ter­day”Quin­dara said.

Mem­bers of the Reg­u­la­tory Com­plaint Board (RCB), City So­cial Wel­fare and De­vel­op­ment Of­fice (CSWD) and the po­lice res­cued the six fe­male and three male mi­nors with age ranges 15-17 years old, last Fri­day.

“Nag-op­er­ate mi tun­god kay dunay ginikanan nga nan­gita sa iyang anak kay wala nay uli-uli sa ilang balay unya ang re­port kay naka-check in sa mo­tel (we acted based on the com­plaint of a par­ent whose child failed to re­turn home for months),”RCB team leader An­to­nio Resma Jr., said.

Resma said they are look­ing into the pos­si­ble par­tic­i­pa­tion of the three men who were seen oc­cu­py­ing the two rooms in­side an inn.

He said one room was booked for two days while the other one was re­served for three days.

Resma said they were alarmed upon see­ing the rooms with boys and girls stay­ing to­gether. Bot­tles of in­tox­i­cat­ing liquors and con­doms were also seen in­side the rooms.

The RCB will also likely rec­om­mend for the clo­sure of the said inn that al­lowed mi­nors to check-in. No­tice of vi­o­la­tion was al­ready is­sued to the es­tab­lish­ment.

“Pero as to penal­ties hisgutan pa sa board (The board will meet and de­cide on the penal­ties to im­pose against the inn),”Resma said.

The op­er­a­tion was also in line with the city or­di­nance 13394-2018 or the Ca­gayan de Oro Com­pre­hen­sive Chil­dren Wel­fare Code where one of its pro­vi­sions pro­hibits inns, and sim­i­lar es­tab­lish­ments from ac­com­mo­dat­ing mi­nors all by them­selves.

The RCB was tasked to mon­i­tor and in­spect if es­tab­lish­ments are com­ply­ing.

Resma said the nine mi­nor chil­dren were al­ready turned over to the so­cial wel­fare depart­ment for in­ter­ven­tion. (Al­wen Salir­ing)

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