A Japanese tourist has been arrested in Angeles City for having sex with underage girls, one only 13 years old.
Michihiro Suzumura, aged 43, was joined in detention yesterday (Tuesday, July 25) by three young female pimps after a police ensnarement operation.
According to a report in rappler.com, just minutes after allegedly being sexually abused by Suzumura last Friday, two sisters aged 16 and 13 went to find help to prevent any future ordeals.
At about 4pm, traffic officer Ronaldo Quizon was manning the flow of vehicles near the red light district of Fields Avenue when the sisters approached him.
They told Mr Quizon that they had just been raped by a Japanese tourist in a room at First Avenue Hotel on First Street, a short walk away from Fields Avenue.
The girls pointed out their alleged abuser, who ran away after seeing the girls talking to a uniformed official.
Mr Quizon followed Suzumura, who ducked inside JJ’s Supermarket.
After waiting for while outside, Mr Quizon went inside and arrested Suzumura before taking him to a nearby police station.
Chief Inspector Aris Gonzales said an investigation found that Suzumura had been receiving text messages from pimps, offering him sex with girls as young as 13 in exchange for a few thousand pesos.
The police officers then laid out a plan to entrap the pimps using messages sent on Suzumura’s mobile phone.
After gathering incriminating evidence, officers were yesterday able to arrest Cyrille Lazaga, 18; Jessica Dimarucut, 18; and Mary Ann Abundo, 21. They also rescued another four young victims.
The young women face charges for violation of Republic Act 9208, the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act; Republic Act 7610, the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act; and Republic Act 9775, the Anti-Child Pornography Act.
The six girls rescued in the operation are now in protective custody at the City Social Welfare and Development Office.