Vice mayor, pal nabbed on human trafficking charge PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 29 August 2011 14:58

A Sulu town vice mayor and his companion were arrested in an entrapment operation against persons involved in human trafficking at Paseo del Mar last Saturday.
A human trafficking law prohibits the publication of the suspects’ name. He owns a motorlaunch. 

The suspects were held around 2 p.m. by operatives of the City Police Office’s Women and Children Section and soldiers of the Task Force Zamboanga and Sea-Based Anti-Trafficking Task Force headed by its chairperson, Assistant City Prosecutor Atty. Darlene Pajarito

Initial investigation showed that last Friday at 10:45 a.m., officials of the Task Force Zamboanga went to the Women and Children Section and reported that there were three women who were recruited by a certain Kim at Paseo del Mar to work as entertainers in Malaysia.

The report further said that Kim had asked P8,500 each from the victims to use as fare in going to Taganak Island.

Sr. Insp. Gemma Luna, chief of the Women and Children Section, coordinated with the SBATTF to set an entrapment operation.

Around 2 p.m. on Saturday, government operatives including three female army soldiers and an official pretended as applicants and agreed to meet with the suspects.
After money changed hands, back-up forces nabbed the vice mayor and his companion.

The arresting officers recovered from the possession of the town mayor a .45 caliber pistol with a mission order issued by the Military Intelligence Group.
The suspect could not produce a permit to carry and firearm license.

The suspects’ car was also taken to the central police station for proper disposition. — Dan Toribio Jr.