SIX persons were arrested over the weekend in Boracay Island’s anti-prostitution campaign.
Richard Sausa, 42; Kevin Martin, 26; Mark Vincent Faulan, 23; Matias Male 23; Fernando Fajardo, 43; Rebecca Cainglet, 56; and Karen Belonio, 22 are accused of pimping women to local and foreign tourists.
Police Captain Jose Mark Anthony Gesulga, Malay police chief, said the suspects were already charged for violation of Republic Act 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003.
Operatives of the Malay Police Station, together with personnel from the Aklan Port-based Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (APBAHT TF), Malay Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office, 2nd Aklan Provincial Mobile Force Company, and 605th Maritime Police Station, raided four establishments in Boracay at around 10 p.m. of April 13, 2019.
Gesulga said the establishments were shuttered before for alleged commercial sex trading activities.
The establishments went underground and posted pimps outside their establishments to call and wait for clients.
Gesulga said habal-habal (motorcycle) and tricycle drivers usually brought customers to the pimps. The drivers are then given “referral” fees.
Gesulga added that rates also vary. For local tourists, the rate is P1,500 and up while foreign tourists will be asked to pay not less than P3,000.
Most of the time, the transaction is consummated in an hour. The girls are then pimped to another client.
Gesulga said 33 girls were rescued during the operation. They hail from Bacolod City, Negros Island, Mindoro, and Manila.
Since the opening of Boracay Island, prostitution has been an emerging problem.
“With the influx of tourists, we also noticed the commercial sex business has been thriving,” Gesulga said.
The Malay MSWDO, APBAHT TF, and other concerned agencies have laid out plans to thwart the illegal business.