Mayor Marcela Bartoces of Sibulan, Negros Oriental, asked for the assistance of the Provincial Police Office to verify reports about two minors working in an entertainment bar in the municipality.
The mayor said she received reports that one of the entertainment bars has employed minors to perform lewd shows.
Bartoces admitted that her team has difficulty in conducting entrapment operations because the minors and the operator are always on the lookout every time they are around. The bar operator resides outside the province.
Under Republic Act 9231, establishments found employing children for prostitution or obscene or lewd shows should be ordered closed and charges filed against the children’s employer.
In a Provincial Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking conference held recently, city prosecutor Maria Angelita Alcoran lamented the mushrooming of entertainment bars in Sibulan, even as the mayor denied the renewal of operators’ licenses of the bars showing lewd shows.
Bartoces vowed to close down entertainment bars once the operators are caught violating the law prohibiting lewd shows.
The mayor said she has also urged Sangguniang Bayan members to amend certain provisions in a local ordinance to prohibit bar girls wearing only bikinis and bras.
She intends to impose a dress code for the working girls in at least seven entertainment bars currently operating in the town, the mayor said.
She explained that the dress code should be a decent pair of shorts and top shirt for the employees working in the entertainment bars. Moreover, establishments should not employ minors as entertainers, she stressed.*RG
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