Couple nabbed for trafficking minor-A A +A
Friday, August 16, 2013
ORMOC CITY -- A couple was arrested by the police for allegedly trading a 13-year-old girl while waiting for a male customer beside Gaisano Capital along Real St., this city, around 10:30 p.m. of August 14.
Arrested was Irish Ybañez, 33, who was with the minor when the police and personnel of the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) apprehended her.
Pedro Borlaza, alias “Lalang,” 28, was also arrested when he tried to rescue Ybañez, his live-in-partner. The two are residents of Sitio Dao, Lilo-an, Ormoc.
Both denied the allegations, saying it was the minor who kept on texting them, asking for a customer.
The Women’s and Children’s Concerns Desk and a representative from the CSWDO rescued the victim.
An almost two hours of surveillance done on the couple revealed that Borlaza, from time to time, would appear at their meeting place to talk with Ybañez and then leave.
In an interview, Borlaza said he occasionally works as errand boy in one of the lodging houses in the city, and does some laundry of the linens, while Ybañez is jobless and is five-month pregnant of their first baby.
Ybañez and the minor agreed to meet that night through text messages. It turned out, though, that it was the minor’s aunt whom she was exchanging the text messages with.
The couple also revealed that a group of six or seven minors sometimes go to their house and request for a “banker” in exchange for money, but said they would refuse and instead gave them money for fare back home.
A case of qualified trafficking was filed by the mother of the rescued girl against Ybañez and Borlaza through inquest proceeding. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)