The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) cited the Regional Trial Court of Quezon City for the recent conviction of a human trafficker for peddling eight (8) women for sexual services. The RTC found Jerome Zamora, a pimp, guilty beyond reasonable doubt of violating Republic Act No. 9208, or the Anti-Human Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003 with a penalty of life imprisonment and a fine of P2M.
Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima, chair of IACAT, showed optimism on the recent increase of convictions in cases involving human traffickers. “Since January of this year, we have monitored five human trafficking cases resulting to the conviction of the accused,” added De Lima
Among the eight (8) rescued, two were discovered to be 14 and `17 years old.
“The conviction of the felon was a result of the collaboration of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) of the Philippine National Police, DSWD and IACAT who conducted an entrapment and rescue operations in Novaliches, Quezon City,” said Senior Assistant City Prosecutor Raymond Jonathan B. Lledo.
Initially filed on June 2012, the decision was handed down by Judge Roslyn M. Rabara-Tria imposing sanctions for violation of Sections 6(a) and 6(e) of the anti-trafficking law, also known as Qualified Trafficking.
“The resolution of the case would not have been possible without the collaboration of agencies in the fight against modern-day slavery,” Justice Undersecretary Jose Vicente Salazar, in-charge of IACAT, said.30