9 rescued, 3 nabbed for child trafficking
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)