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2 Suspects of Human Trafficking Arrested while 5 Female Victims Rescued in Pampanga

Authorities have rescued five (5) females who were allegedly victims of human trafficking activities with two (2) suspects arrested in Pampanga.

Human trafficking was busted in Apalit, Pampanga, by personnel from the Philippine National Police (PNP) Women and Children Protection Center, Apalit Municipal Police Station, and Apalit Municipal Social Welfare. Two human trafficking suspects were apprehended while rescuing five women, some of whom were minors.

Human Trafficking Victims in Pampanga

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Authorities set up an entrapment operation at 6 Mary’s Hotel and Restaurant, and five female human trafficking victims were apprehended. Eldin Romero Galang, 48, and Emmanuel Manalo Catacutan, 18, are the two suspects, according to PNP WCPC Commander BGen. Alessandro Abella.

Case of violation of Republic Act 9208, also known as the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003, as amended by Republic Act 10364, also known as the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012, and Republic Act 7610, also known as the Anti-Child Abuse Act, as amended by Republic Act 9231, also known as the Anti-Child Labor Act.

The two suspects’ possessions were seized, including 20 P500 banknotes, a telephone, and other items. The two suspects are being held at the PNP WCPC prison center at the moment. The inquiry into the five rescued female victims is also proceeding.

Meanwhile, in Cotabato City, the National Bureau of Investigation – Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (NBI-BARMM) announced the arrest of a person for human trafficking in an entrapment operation. The operation was prompted by intelligence about the alleged expansion of human trafficking in Cotabato City.

The NBI was able to establish contact and reach an agreement with the latter to furnish nine female workers for a total of P5,000 each. The undercover agents instantly signaled other operators that the deal had been completed after handing over the marked money as payment, prompting them to detain the suspect and rescue the nine trafficked victims.

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