A TEENAGE model sued her former manager and an events organizers before the Mandaue City Prosecutor’s Office on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, over claims that they set her up to be sexually abused.

Hannah (real name withheld for her privacy) filed human trafficking charges against her manager Miles Marlon Wafer and events organizer Renato “Jay-r” Yosores Jr.

She alleged that the two connived with each other to set her up that later resulted in her getting raped on Sept. 13, 2021.

But Wafer, in a separate interview, denied Hannah’s allegations, adding that he was willing to face the charges against him in court.

Yosores, however, refused to comment on the issue as he has yet to receive a copy of the complaint.

Hannah said in the evening of Sept. 13, 2021, Wafer called her to audition for a bikini open, and she was surprised to see Yosores, who had made prior requests for hangouts that she turned down.

Not informed

Hannah stated in her complaint against Wafer and Yosores that it was her manager who told her to go to the hotel for the screening, without telling her with whom she was meeting.

She was not also informed that she was the only one to be screened in the supposed photoshoot.

According to Hannah, she wanted to back out but was unable to do so when Yosores set her up for a diner. She was then led to his car and brought to an inn in Barangay Tipolo, Mandaue City where she was allegedly raped.

In a separate complaint for rape earlier filed by Hannah, she narrated that while inside one of the rooms, Yosores instructed her to wear a swimsuit and to flirt with him.

She said Yosores boasted of his other models competing for his attention.

She continued that he promised her that he will give her money so that her mother did not have to work hard, and that he would arrange for her to have “sugar daddies.” She added that Yosores even took potshots at her cheap phone, and promised her a better phone if she sticks with him.

Hannah alleged that Yosores then raped her, before sending her home in his car.

The Children’s Legal Bureau (CLB) backed Hannah’s quest or justice in the belief that many other girls could be victims of the same scheme by sexual predators.

“There is sufficient cause for us to believe that what there was connivance between Wafer and Yosores. All the circumstances point to the fact that Hannah was led to the lion’s den. She was in such situation where she can no longer resist an impending abuse. The prize dangled before her was a contract for a bikini open where Wafer was expected to get 50 percent of whatever she earns,” said lawyer Kristine Marciana Laplana, legal officer of CLB and assisting counsel of Hannah.

Innocent

But Wafer, in an interview with SunStar Cebu on Thursday, June 30, denied the allegations filed against him by one of his talents, saying he is innocent of the allegations and he is not afraid to face the charges.

“Basta ako innocent ko aning allegations. Di ko maulaw muatubang sa mga tawo, although grabe ni’g damage sa ako,” he told SunStar Cebu.

(I’m innocent of these allegations. I’m not ashame to face the people, although the damage has a big impact on me.)

Wafer has been in the modeling business for 22 years.

Wafer and Yosores were charged for violating Section 4 (a) of Republic Act 10364 or the Expanded Anti- Trafficking in Persons Act, which is “To recruit, obtain, hire, provide, offer, transport, transfer, maintain, harbor, or receive 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, or sexual exploitation.

CLB is assisting Hannah under its program Strength- Counter-Trafficking in Persons Project with the United States Agency for International Development and the Partnership for Development Assistance. (HIC, PR)