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14 minors rescued in Angeles City bar
By Reynaldo G. Navales
Monday, April 2, 2012
ANGELES CITY -- At least 14 minor girls working as entertainers were rescued by officials of Barangay Balibago and members of various organizations working against human trafficking and prostitution.
Balibago chairman Rodelio Mamac said they rescued the girls from the Coyote Ugly Bar after a search warrant, issued by the local court, was served with the help of Philippine National Police (PNP) Central Luzon Women’s Desk, International Justice Mission, Ima Foundation, Visayan Forum and others.
Several documents, like birth certificates, dental records, bar fine receipts, and others were recovered from the establishment, according to Mamac.
The victims were reportedly recruited as waitresses from Tacloban City, Tarlac City, Samar, and other parts of the country, Mamac said.
The village chief said they acquired the warrant after three minors were rescued from the bar 10 days ago.
The three girls managed to escape from the custody of authorities but Mamac said that he, together with the said volunteer organizations, were able to build up the case of human trafficking, child abuse, and prostitution.
Mamac said they will file charges of human trafficking and child abuse against the owners of the bar.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on April 02, 2012.