Jail refuses to detain Dutchman, wife-A A +A
Thursday, August 22, 2013
THE Negros Occidental District Jail (NODJ) in Barangay Tabunan, Bago City, Negros Occidental had refused to take into detention a Dutchman and his wife who had been charged with human trafficking.
Minors, who were allegedly made to go naked on camera, were among those rescued during a raid on the rented house of the couple identified as Barteld Simon Eenkhoorn, 68, and his wife, Melody Bacaron, 35, in Barangay Cansilayan, Murcia, early this month.
They were remitted back to the Murcia Police Station detention jail Tuesday, due to lack of a commitment order from a judge.
Murcia Police Station Chief Norberto Barniso said the couple, through their lawyer, had sought their transfer to the NODJ.
Barniso said Provincial Prosecutor Ma. Consolacion Bascug granted the couple’s request, however, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in Bago City did not honor the order of Bascug, pointing out that the commitment order should come from a judge.
Barniso reiterated that the alleged cybersex operation charge against the couple, who had been detained since August 7 at the Murcia police jail, is a non-bailable offense.
Four women were rescued, including a 17-year-old, who is a resident of Brgy. Hitalon, Cadiz City. Section 4 of RA 9208 states that it is unlawful for any person, natural or juridical, to recruit a person for the purpose of pornography, sexual exploitation, and prostitution, among others.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 22, 2013.