Man gets 15 years in jail for attempted trafficking

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Thursday, May 8, 2014


THE Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Davao City convicted a man for attempted trafficking in person and qualified seduction after he tried to pimp a minor last year.

In a court decision dated April 24, the RTC Branch 33 sentenced Boysan Paglas Maunte to 15-year imprisonment and imposed a fine of P500,000 after he was found guilty of attempted trafficking in person.

The court also sentenced him to six-month to four-year and two-month imprisonment and to pay P30,000 in damages to the private complainant for the crime of qualified seduction.

Regional prosecutor Antonio Arellano, Interagency Council against Trafficking (Iacat) chair said Maunte was initially charged with qualified trafficking in person and child prostitution on May 15, 2013 when he tried to pimp Carla (real name withheld), 13, for sexual favors in exchange of P2,000 at a motel in Davao City.

Maunte was caught-in-the-act by a police officer of the Sta. Ana police who posed as a customer.

The convict opted to plead guilty to lesser offenses of attempted qualified trafficking in persons under Republic Act No. 9208 and qualified seduction under Article 337 of the Revised Penal Code.

Last December 2013, a Davao court also convicted a man for attempted qualified trafficking for abusing three minors early last year.

Judge Salvador Ibaretta Jr. of the Davao City Regional Trial Court branch 8 convicted Frederick Apique.

Apique will spend 15 years in prison and pay a fine of P500,000 and civil liability of P12,000.

Section 4-B of the Expanded Human Trafficking Act of 2013 (Republic Act 10364) states that attempted trafficking involves acts "to initiate the commission of a trafficking offense but the offender failed to or did not execute all elements of the crime, by accident or by reason of some cause other voluntary desistance."

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 09, 2014.

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