Human trafficking was charged against 2 women caught pimping in an entrapment and rescue operation conducted by the PNP Women and Children Protection Center (WCPC) at an inn in Barangay San Roque, Antipolo, Rizal.
The suspects were identified as Mary Ann Dasmariñas, 30, and Jennifer Lebita, 44, of Taytay and Antipolo.
The 2 female victims, aged 25 and 33, both from Rizal, were rescued during the operation on Wednesday night.
A customer who pretended to pay P1,000 each for the victims transacted with the suspects.
According to Police Lt Col Lucrecio Rodrigueza Jr., chief of the WCPC Luzon field unit, the amount includes the percentage of pimps and inn fees.
Police said they found out from the informant that sex trafficking activities in the inn were rampant.
Outside the area, the pimps allegedly offer women to patrons.
The victims told the police that the pimps enticed them to engage in illegal activities, and they were also forced to do so due to poverty.
The city social welfare and development office of Antipolo is investigating whether the victims will be relocated to a shelter or will be given assistance.
According to Rodrigueza, they are investigating the hotel permit and whether it was involved in pimping.
2 sex-trafficking victims rescued in Antipolo
The 2 suspects have already undergone an inquest with the Department of Justice and are in the custody of the WCPC in Camp Crame.
Meanwhile, MPD Station 3 raided a KTV bar in Quiapo.
This is after they received information that the bar is operating even though Metro Manila is under MECQ.
5 women were caught dancing inside the bar and allegedly selling entertainment.
Six customers were the last to drink and did not have face masks.
When the business permit was searched, the bar manager could not show any documents.
According to the investigation, people from Manila are working at the bar and people from Quezon City and Caloocan City.
A human trafficking case is being prepared against the bar manager and another of his colleagues, while violation of IATF protocols today MECQ was filed against 6 customers.