The Antipolo City police on Wednesday rescued 11 young girls who were allegedly being exploited in the flesh trade.
Police operatives said the rescued minors, aged 13 to 17 years old, were being offered to the clients of the sex den at prices ranging from as low as P1,500 to as high as P50,000.
The sting operation to rescue the minors also netted a 33-year-old suspect who is allegedly the pimp.
“One of our operatives passed himself off as a seaman and asked the pimp to supply four women. The pimp sent 11, most probably to allow the client to pick his choices,” said Supt. Villaflor Bannawagan, chief of the Antipolo City Police.
He added based on their surveillance data, the sex den’s asking fee is P50,000 if the client wants a virgin.
The operation was launched after neighbors of the sex den suspected something was amiss and tipped the police.
“We noticed there were many young women coming in and out of the place, but we are sure they are not from our subdivision. There were also many vehicles that would arrive and then leave shortly after,” one of the residents said.
Among the items the police investigators found in the den were girls’ clothing, bags and high school uniforms.
The arrested suspect, identified as Louie Albert Isla, denied the allegations he was pimping for the girls.
“They (the girls) just asked for my help,” he claimed.
According to the police, the suspect will be charged with violation of Republic Act 7610 or Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act and RA 9208 or Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003.
Under the Department of Justice Circular 57, series of 2010, prosecutors were reminded that “no bail shall be recommended for cases involving violations of Section 4 (Acts of Trafficking) in relation to Section 6 (Qualified Trafficking) RA 9208.”