By Jeffrey Damicog
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has hailed the conviction of a female pimp for offering teenage girls in the sex trade.
The DOJ identified in a statement the accused as Lilibeth Oligo who was arrested by operatives of the Philippine National Police-Women and Children Protection Center (PNP-WCPC).
The Department said the San Pedro City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 31, in its March 16 decision, found Oligo guilty beyond reasonable grounds for the crime of qualified trafficking of persons under Republic Act 10364, the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012.
The DOJ also lauded the San Pedro City Prosecutor’s Office for having “successfully prosecuted and secured a conviction.”
The RTC sentenced the woman to life imprisonment and to pay a fine of P2 million.
She was also directed to pay each of her four victims or their families P500,000 as moral damages and P100,000 as exemplary damages.
One of her victims who is a teenage girl had already committed suicide while the case against Oligo was still pending in court.
The DOJ said Oligo was arrested by the WCPC during an entrapment operation on August 16, 2016 based on reliable information it received about her activities.
During the operation, Oligo had flagged down a van carrying the WCPD team posing as customers and offered the services of girls for P1,000.