Minors rescued in Abatan bar

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Thursday, August 21, 2014


LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Two minors were rescued by agents of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in a bar in Buguias.

CIDG-North Central Luzon team led by Marcelino Ebil conducted the rescue operations in Gen's Bar in Abatan, Buiguias, rescuing two minors who have been forced to work in the place against their will.

On August 16, the CIDG rescue operation was conducted resulting to the arrest of bar managers while saving the two minors.

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Ebil with the support of the municipal police station in Buguias, Benguet and the Department of Social Welfare and Development arrested bar managers Jesusa Onio, Kenneth Calonge Peralta and Luzvi Salvador Mangubat.

The rescue operations stemmed from a complaint lodged by Jacqueline Belino from Pangasinan, which set the operation of the CIDG to Buguias.

Belino said her teenage daughter was recruited by a certain "Nicole" to work as a service crew in a restaurant in Abatan, Buguias.

Belino said when her daughter arrived in Buguias, she was forced to work at GEMS Bar as a waitress.

CIDG reports reveal, Belino’s daughter was allegedly threatened physically if she attempts to escape.

The CIDG report added Belino’s daughter was also lured to use shabu as the three bar managers have been charged with violation of the Anti-trafficking of persons.

Benguet Provincial Police director Rodolfo Azurin said police are continuously monitoring bars in the province in a bid to protect minors.

In April, 17 bar girls, mostly minors, were rescued from girlie bars also in Abatan, after the police with DSWD and CIDG officials were informed about the minors working in various as bar girls.

DSWD records show the youngest rescued girl was 14 while the oldest was 21, while managers, handlers, cashiers have voluntarily yielded to authorities.

Night spots are abloom in the town which is known as a commercial center in Northern Benguet for vegetable traders and mining in nearby Mankayan town.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 22, 2014.

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