Baguio City, Philippines – Multiple women got a fresh start after being rescued from alleged sexual exploitation in Baguio City.
These 14 women who are from Visayas were taken to the custody of Baguio City Social Welfare and Development Office for proper intervention, the Mt. Province Broadcasting Corporation reported on June 20.
The victims were said to be working at PJ’s Massage and Bar as sex workers and were recently saved by the National Bureau of Investigation - Cordillera through an anti-trafficking operation on Bokawkan Road.
While the manager ‘Jess’ managed to escape from the operatives, the owner of the establishment was traced by the authorities. The manager and the proprietor will be facing charges of human trafficking violations.
US State Department revealed that the Philippine government identified 1,277 human trafficking victims this year. Of the figure, 740 cases are sexual exploitation and 537 are labor trafficking. The number is lower than the 1,802 victims identified last year.
Meantime, the country sustained its Tier 1, the highest ranking for demonstrating serious and sustained efforts to fight human trafficking.
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