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Teen selling 3 minors
on Facebook nabbed


A 17-year-old boy, who was allegedly selling three minor girls through the social networking site Facebook, in Bacolod City, was caughtin an entrapment operation at a Bacolod hotel, at about 4:15 p.m. Thursday.

The victims, all aged 15, were rescued by a joint operation against trafficking in persons of the Bacolod City Police Office-Women and Children Protection Desk, City Intelligence Unit, Police Station 1, the Regional Anti-Cybercrime Office-6, and Department of Social Welfare and Development, a report from BCPO, said yesterday.

The operation was to rescue the minor victims and entrap the suspect, who is also a minor, the report said.

The police said the suspect was offering the three minors to customers on Facebook.

The poseur customer handed P2,000 to the suspect, in exchange for the minors, police records show.

The suspect and the victims were brought to the WCPD office fordocumentation and were later transferred to the different shelters for protective custody, the report added.

Senior Insp. Armilyn Vargas, BCPO spokesperson, said yesterday that the social worker will have to determine the discernment of the minor suspect as to whether charges will be filed against him.

The suspect may face charges for violation of Republic Act 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003.*SGG


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