Woman who sold four girls meted life sentence
CEBU, Philippines — The Supreme Court has sentenced a woman to life imprisonment for maintaining or hiring girls to engage in prostitution and offering them for sexual exploitation by customers.
Nancy Lasaca Ramirez, alias “Soy,” was found guilty beyond reasonable doubt for violating Republic Act 9208 or the Anti-trafficking in Persons Act. Aside from life imprisonment, she was ordered to pay a fine of P2 million.
“Accused-appellant initially used the defense of denial, testifying that she was merely in the area to listen to a live band when the police rushed to her and arrested her. Denial, however, becomes a weak defense against the positive identification by the poseur-buyer and the minor victims,” the decision read.
Ramirez was charged in 2009 with qualified trafficking before the court after she was arrested in an entrapment operation in Lapu-Lapu City. Allegedly, she offered four girls aged 20, 16, and 15 to poseur-buyers.
The Regional Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force operatives testified that prior to the operation last December 5, 2009, they received a report about the alleged widespread sale of young girls for sexual service in a KTV Bar in Lapu-Lapu City.
On the day of the arrest, the operatives went to the KTV bar, ordered beer, and waited for the pimps. Later, Ramirez approached them and told that she could provide them girls.
The parties agreed that P600 would be paid for each girl and the poseur-buyers paid P2,400 for the four girls.
The statements of the operatives were corroborated by the girls who said that they were pimped by Ramirez.
The trial court convicted Ramirez despite her defense that she was in the area with her sister to watch a live band. She appealed her case all the way to the SC after the Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment of the trial court.
Associate Justice Marvic Leonen denied the appeal. — BRP (FREEMAN)