DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT CLOSES TWO FRONTS FOR THE PROSTITUTION OF MINORS
16 suspected perpetrators charged with qualified trafficking
May 27, 2010 – MANILA: In the past two weeks, the Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR) has closed two establishments found to be employing minors for prostitution. DOLE served closure orders on May 6 to Pacific Blues KTV Bar and Restaurant, and on May 20 to Grand Inihaw Bar, formerly operating in Parañaque City and Quenzon City, respectively. A combined total of twenty minors working the aforementioned establishments were rescued through operations conducted jointly by DOLE-NCR, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Philippine National Police (PNP), supported by NGO International Justice Mission. Sixteen suspected perpetrators have been charged with qualified trafficking in association with these cases.
Petitions for Closure were filed after each successful rescue by International Justice Mission (IJM), a human rights agency working to secure justice for victims of commercial sexual exploitation in the Philippines. After finding the Petitions for Closure meritorious, DOLE-NCR ordered the establishments permanently closed under Republic Act 9231 (Act Eliminating the Worst Forms of Child Labor) and Republic Act 7610 (Special Protection of Children Against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act). The Orders of Closure, signed by DOLE-NCR Regional Director G Agravante, were successfully served by DOLE Senior Labor Employment Officer and Child Labor Program Coordinator, Ms. Aurora Halcon, Arbiter Atty. Benjo Santos M. Benavidez, and Sheriff Willy Gabipo.
“Shutting down an establishment that violates Republic Act 9231 is a [an act of] significant advocacy for us and our partners,” said Ms. Halcon. “For the owners of KTV Bars in Metro Manila, these closures send the clear message that employing minors in prostitution is one of the worst forms of child labor with grave consequences under the law.”
For more information, contact:
IJM Office: 632.637.3983