Charges filed against human trafficker

September 3, 2022

The National Bureau of Investigation has filed charges of human trafficking against a woman who was arrested for allegedly offering online minors for sex.

The NBI-Anti-Trafficking Division said Jenalyn Joy Hierco was charged for violating Republic Act 9208, as amended by RA 10364 and RA 11862, known as the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2022, and RA 7610, otherwise known as the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act.

Hierco was presented for inquest proceedings before the Department of Justice shortly after the arrest on 25 August 2022.

The suspect was arrested by NBI-AHTRAD agents in an entrapment operation in Pasig City after a complaint was forwarded to their office.

Based on background investigation, it was confirmed that a certain “Myka” had been recruiting and offering online female minors, aged 15 to 17 years old, for sexual intercourse in Pasig City in exchange for P5,000.

The operatives were able to contact Myka through Facebook and agreed to meet with her at a restaurant along Shaw Boulevard, Pasig City.

They met with Hierco, Myka’s cohort, on 25 August at the meeting place, where they were later introduced to the minors, who were offered to them to allegedly perform sexual services.

Upon handing over the entrapment money, Hierco was arrested.

Six female victims, five of whom are minors, were rescued and later were turned over to the custody of the local social welfare office.

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