The Inter- Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) lauded the crucial role of IACAT’s 1343 Actionline that led to the successful rescue operation of two minors in Cubao, Quezon City last October 28, 2015.
IACAT Executive Director Darlene Pajarito hailed the successful rescue operation conducted by a composite team from IACAT. “This operation was exemplary in terms of collaboration among member-agencies of IACAT. We need to strengthen our commitment against child trafficking and other forms of sexual exploitations in the country,” Pajarito emphasized.
Elements from the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), IACAT- Operation Center (IACAT-OpCen) and Philippine National Police-Cubao Station rescued two (2) male minor- victims aged 14 and 15 and arrested suspected child trafficker Ramil Cañete, who is charged for violation of RA 9208 (Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003), as amended by RA 10364 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act.
Acting on a call made by a relative of one of the victims through the “1343 Anti-Human Trafficking Actionline”, a composite team of CFO case officers and PNP-Cubao police personnel advanced to the Crest Hotel in Cubao where the victims are staying with Cañete.
“I commend CFO and PNP quick response in identifying the appropriate action necessary in that given situation,” Pajarito said.
According to the victims, Cañete presented himself as a talent agent and promised them to work as models of a certain fashion brand in Manila. At first, there were five of them whom Cañete took with him in his boarding house in Cebu, but only the two of them were chosen for ‘audition’.
In Manila, the victims were transferred from one hotel to another, and were required to work as warehouse delivery staff without being compensated. Also, the victims were forced by the suspect to perform sexual services to him in exchange for their supposed daily wages, and even threatened to abandon them in Manila when they refused to work.
“As part of the council's massive information drive in combatting human trafficking, the 1343 Actionline clearly proved its usefulness by means of answering complaints and reports coming from those concerned citizen…the 1343 Actionline with its definitive function could further enhance its full potential through public cooperation and support. 30