On January 16, 2013, the Department of Labor and Employment - National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR) received a request from International Justice mission (IJM) requesting assistance in the conduct of Rescue Operation for the alleged human trafficking human trafficking victims employed for prostitution at QUEENS CHAMBER NIGHT CLUB located at 1179 Quezon Avenue, Quezon City, in violation of Republic Acts 9231, 9208 in relation to Republic Act 7610.
The following day, January 17, 2013, a rescue operation was conducted together with IJM, National Bureau of Investigation - AHTRAD (Anti-Human Trafficking Division), Department of Social Welfare and Development - National Capital Region and DOLE-NCR. Prior to rescue operation, a briefing was conducted with Atty. Dante Bonoan of NBI-AHTRAD presiding.
Present also during the briefing were social workers from DSWD-NCR led by Mr. Froilan Maglaya, team from IJM led by their Director Atty. Samson Innocencio and DOLE-NCR representatives led by Jose Tumanguil, Senior Labor and Employment Officer (Sr. LEO).
At about 11:00 PM, the composite team proceed to the above-named establishment.
The composite team arrived at the target establishment at around 11:30PM and conducted the rescue operation that lasted for 30 minutes.
The findings of the composite team were:
Employment of minors for prostitution and lewd show in violation of R.A. 9231. Immediate and permanent closure of the establishment is respectfully recommended.
Non-presentation of employment records as per interview:
- Underpayment of wages
- Non-payment of Overtime Pay
- Non-Coverage with SSS, HDMF and PhilHealth
- Non-Payment of Night Shift Differential
Twenty (2) suspected minors were rescued by the team and were invited to NBI for their sworn statements. However, names of victims remain disclosed because they were petrified by the incident.
ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN:
- The NBI, in coordination with DSWD, will handle the filing of appropriate criminal complaints with the Department of Justice (DOJ);
- To immediately conduct hearings before this Office on the administrative case.
- To enforce the immediate closure of the establishment for violation of R.A. 9231 under Section 21-A;
(a) Order the immediate and permanent closure of the establishment if:
i. The violation of any provision of Republic Act 9231 has resulted in the death, insanity or serious physical injury of a child employed in the said establihsment: or
ii. Such firm or establishment is employing a child for prostitution, obscene or lewd shows.
As of January 18, 2013, Atty. Liwliwa Agbayani of IJM informed DOLE-NCR that there were fourteen (14) minors out of twenty (20) suspected victims who were identified through "Dental Aging" administered by NBI.