ILOILO City – Ninety percent of adolescent girls it rescued had sexually-transmitted infections (STIs), according to the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO).
“Ginakasubo ko gid nga may amo sini kita,” said Rara Ganzon, focal person of the CSWDO.
The girls were either found to have violated the curfew ordinance for minors or were suspected to be sex trafficking victims.
“We counsel them and test them with the help of our partner agency, the Family Planning Organization of Philippines (FPOP),” said Ganzon.
Some of the STIs detected in the girls were gonorrhea and syphilis.
“We were thankful that naagapan and they were treated,” said Ganzon.
The CSWDO needs public help in its drive to keep adolescent girls off the streets, according to Ganzon.
She appealed for help because, she stressed, the office could not do it alone.
“It takes a village to raise a child the same way that it takes the village or city to help somebody who is sick, abused or neglected,” said Ganzon.
The CSWDO has been coordinating with the Iloilo City Police Office to apprehend pimps prostituting minors, she revealed.
In July, a tricycle driver and another adult person were arrested in an entrapment operation; they were pimping minor children on Quezon Street, City Proper, according to Police Chief Master Sergeant Debbie Yocogco of the Iloilo City Police Office’s Women and Children Protection Desk (ICPO-WCPD).
They learned that a group of tricycle drivers would gather minors and transact them with construction workers.
A customer would be asked to pay P1,000, according to Yocogco – P200 would go to the minor and P800 to the pimping tricycle drivers./PN