NBI arrests human trafficking suspect, rescues 3 females

Published September 30, 2020, 5:56 PM

by Jeffrey Damicog

A woman engaged in human trafficking has been arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Calapan City where three females were rescued.

NBI Officer-In-Charge Director Eric Distor on Wednesday, Sept. 30, identified the arrested suspect as Realyn Abellana.

Distor said in a statement that Abellana was arrested by agents of NBI-MIMAROPA (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan) Office during an entrapment operation last Sept. 24 at hotel in Calapan City.

During the operation, Distor said NBI agents also rescued three women engaged in the sex trade.

The NBI said the operation was conducted after having received information that the suspect has been engaged in the sex trade.

“NBI-MIMAROPA undercover agents established communication with Subject Abellana and was personally informed by the latter that clients can avail the sexual services of each female prostitute for the amount of Php 1,500.00,” the NBI said.

Following the operation, Abellano was presented for inquest before the Calapan City Prosecutor’s Office for violating Republic Act 9208, the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003.

While, the three rescued women were turned over to the custody of the City Social Welfare Development Office (CSWDO).