Teacher sold four girls to foreigners for sex?

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Sunday, July 27, 2014


A FEMALE teacher at the Compostela National High School was charged before the Office of Provincial Prosecutor for allegedly pimping four girls, two of whom are 14, to foreigners.

The Regional Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (RAHTTF) charged Fely (real name withheld pending her side) for violating Republic Act (RA) 9208 (Anti-Trafficking in Persons) as amended by RA 10364 (Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons).

She allegedly sold Mara and Bea (real identities withheld) to foreigners in a hotel in Cebu City in separate incidents last year.

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In the affidavit of Mara, she said she went to Bea, who was working for Fely that time, last November.

Mara asked her friend where she can borrow money for a bus fare because she wanted to attend the wake of her grandmother.

Not knowing Bea’s fate in Fely’s hands a month earlier, Mara continued talking about her financial problem to her friend.

Fely heard both girls and she joined in the conversation.

“Ma’am...then told me that she has an American friend who can help me and who will marry me. The American is willing to send some money for me every month,” said Mara.

“Maam...told me that the American is here in the Philippines and wants to meet with me. Because I was in need of money...I agreed to meet with the American friend of Ma’am on the same day.”

The teacher brought Mara to a hotel in Barangay Lahug, Cebu City to meet the foreigner.

If Mara agrees to have sex with the American, she is guaranteed to receive P1,000, Fely told her.

The girl told the teacher she was afraid, but the latter did not say anything. They later rode an elevator.

“When we entered the hotel room, Ma’am told me to go to the bathroom right away and take a shower. When I came out, I told Ma’am that I have changed my mind and I am not going to have sex with the man because I was afraid,” said Mara.

Fely, however, persuaded Mara, telling the girl the foreigner won’t do it long.

But Mara insisted of not having sex, but Fely told her to lie in bed with the American.

“I was afraid to get out of the room. So I obliged,” said Mara.

After the American was done with his act, the girl took a shower. She was given P1,000 by Fely after she went out of the bathroom.

The following month, Fely told Mara that another foreigner wanted to meet her. But she just ignored the teacher and avoided her.

Last October, Mara’s friend Bea was persuaded by the teacher to have sex with a foreigner in a hotel in Lahug.

“I agreed to meet with her foreigner friend because of the promise that they will help my family. I also wanted to be able to help my parents and siblings,” said Bea in her affidavit.

After the sexual act was done by the foreigner, Bea went to the bathroom, locked its door, and cried.

She cried for the pain she felt and losing her virginity to the stranger.

Fely knocked on the door and gave her P2,000. The teacher kept P500.

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Last February, Bea accompanied Fely to the same hotel in Lahug and the teacher offered two female students of Compostela National High School to foreigners.

One of the girls brought along her lover, who did not know what was going to happen.

Bea and the lover stayed inside an eatery outside the hotel, waiting for the girls to come out.

Fely instructed Bea to tell the lover that the girls were helping her to “clean a room” inside the hotel.

The two girls, however, did not execute any affidavit against the teacher, who is currently residing in Liloan, Cebu.

Law

RA 9208 punishes any person who “recruits, transports, transfers, harbors, provides, or receives a person by any means, including those done under the pretext of domestic or overseas employment or training or apprenticeship, for the purpose of prostitution, pornography, sexual exploitation, forced labor, slavery, involuntary servitude or debt bondage.”

The law was amended through RA 10364, which does not give offenders confidentiality clause they enjoyed while RA 9208 was in effect. The amended version also gives people, who rescue trafficking victims, immunity from suits.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 28, 2014.

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