A composite team of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and the Social Services Department of Quezon City has rescued 15 suspected children of minor age who are working in a gay bar in Quezon City.
According to DOLE-NCR Officer-in-Charge Director Nelson Hornilla, the rescue operation was conducted Tuesday evening at the Matikas Bar and Restaurant owned by Nild Arieta in Timog Avenue, Quezon City.
The victims were brought by the NBI to their office for purposes of profiling, investigation and to confirm their real age.
The NBI also invited the owner of the bar to undergo investigation.
According to the DOLE, the suspected minors were not properly paid for their work, no overtime pay, no holiday pay, and were not also properly paid for night differential.
In the surveillance report of the NBI, 20 males are dancing naked every night in the said gay bar.
Because of this, the owner of the bar is facing a complaint for violation of the Anti-Human Trafficking Law, Anti-Child Labor Law and Child Protection Law.
Aside from the criminal complaint, the DOLE is also expediting the filing of administrative complaint against the owner and its accomplices, and pursue the closure proceedings against the said establishment. PNA