Filipina Recruiter Jailed 20 Years for Trafficking Sex Workers to Malaysia, Brunei

A Filipina recruiter was found guilty of recruiting and deceiving four women who ended up as sex workers in Malaysia and Brunei, according to the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO).

Presiding Judge Ralph S. Lee of Quezon City Regional Trial Court found Annaliza Datiles Carpacio guilty beyond reasonable doubt for violating Section 4 or Acts of Trafficking in Persons of Republic Act 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003.

Carpacio was sentenced to 20 years in prison, fined P1 million and ordered to pay P500,000 for moral damages and P50,000 for exemplary damages to each of her victims.

The CFO report said in 2008, Carpacio recruited four women, including a minor, to work as waitresses in Singapore. But on the date of their departure, the victims were told to use Zamboanga as backdoor entry to Malaysia to evade stringent immigration procedures in Singapore. Upon reaching Zamboanga, the four recruits were escorted by two men to the port and traveled to Malaysia by boat. Some of them remained in Malaysia while others were brought to Brunei, only to work as prostitutes and not the job Carpacio promised.

The victims escaped and sought refuge at the Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur and they were repatriated with their case endorsed to the CFO.

Upon their return to the Philippines, Carpacio managed to contact one of the victims and offered her another job as caregiver in Singapore. The CFO coordinated with the National Bureau of Investigation–Anti-Human Trafficking Division (NBI-AHTRAD) and conducted an entrapment operation that nabbed Carpacio and her accomplices who were charged for violation of Republic Act 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003.