MANILA — The National Bureau of Investigation- Bayombong District Office (NBI-BAYDO) conducted an Anti-Human Trafficking operation in Sta. Rosa, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya which resulted in the arrest of Evangelina Torres Escalante and Analyn Estabilo Torres.
The operation stemmed from a piece of information received by NBI-BAYDO alleging that Sunrise Videoke Bar (Sunrise) is engaged in prostitution by employing women as Guest Relations officers (GRO) who are being offered sexual exploitation for a fee ranging from Php1,500.00- Php3,000.00.
NBI-BAYDO immediately conducted a surveillance operation, which confirmed the information that the bar is offering its GROs for sexual services. Thus, NBI-BAYDO planned an entrapment operation where at least 21 GROs were rescued.
On August 8, 2022, after proper coordination with local authorities, NBI-BAYDO together with Prosecutor Wendell Bautista, IACAT-Region II personnel, and PSWDO-Nueva Vizcaya, proceeded to the subject bar in Barangay Sta. Rosa, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya, and conducted an entrapment operation, which led to the arrest of the two above-named subjects.
The owner of the bar, identified as one CHRISTOPHER JUN PERNADA DOMINGO escaped arrest as he was not around at the time of the operation.
Consequently, the two arrested subjects were presented for inquest proceedings before the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya for violation of R.A. 9208 otherwise known as “Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003” as amended by R.A. 10364 and R.A. 11862. Subject Domingo, the owner of the bar, was also charged for the same offense.
(Kiara Lauren Ibanez/BC/ai/mtvn)