Justice Secretary Emmanuel L. Caparas called on all victims of human trafficking to come out in the open and help in the government's fight against the said crime.
He said, "We wish to treat them as partners in the campaign to locate perpetrators and put them behind bars and deliver justice where justice is due."
The statement was issued in the wake of a Decision promulgated by the Regional Trial Court of Borongan City, Eastern Samar - Branch 21 which convicted a campaign programmer for Qualified Trafficking in persons (large scale).
In an 11-page Decision, the court said "the prosecution succeeded in proving the guilt of the accused beyond reasonable doubt" and sentenced Michael Gadin to life imprisonment and a fine of P2M without eligibility for parole. He was also ordered to pay each of the three complainants a total of P600,000 in damages.
During trial, the prosecution presented the three victims, whose ages ranged from 14 to 17. They all stated that "they were recruited and/or maintained by the accused for the purpose of prostitution and other forms of sexual exploitation."
Secretary Caparas also lauded the Office of the City Prosecutor of Borongan City, Eastern Samar for its successful prosecution of the case.