PNP Rescues 20 “Akyat Barko” Women Victims of Human Trafficking at Manila Bay

The Philippine National Police (PNP) rescued more than twenty (20) women victims of human trafficking or “Akyat Barko” at Manila Bay.

At least 21 women were allegedly pimped to foreign clients from ships anchored off Manila Bay, or “Akyat Barko,” according to a GMA News article. The PNP Maritime Group intervened and rescued human trafficking victims.

Akyat Barko Victims
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Four members of the crew were arrested, as well as a woman who was identified as a pimp. The anchored ship also had many bottles of liquor, cigarettes, and other contraband, according to police.

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The suspects are taking the women to foreign ships where they are paid P5,000, according to PNP Maritime Unit-NCR chief Police Colonel Raynold Rosero. He said that there is prostitution on large ships in the middle of Manila Bay’s ocean.

The victims were unemployed, according to Rosero, which led them to work for the perpetrators. After that, the women were given to the Department of Social Welfare and Development. The suspects, who are charged with sex trafficking, refused to comment.

Meanwhile, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested two (2) individuals allegedly offering women’s service or “bugaw” in Dagupan City. The two were apprehended as part of an entrapment operation after receiving information that a spa in the area was involved in the trafficking of women for intimate activity in exchange for money.

The suspects allegedly used the spa as a front for illegal activity, collecting a fee of P1,000 to P5,000 per customer for pleasure and extra service, according to the information. To apprehend suspects, an entrapment operation was launched right away.

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