Human trafficking raps vs model manager, events’ organizer dismissed

THE Mandaue City Prosecutor’s Office has dismissed the human trafficking charges filed by a female model against her former manager and an events’ organizer for alleged sexual abuse.

A resolution dated August 23, 2022 and signed by Associate City Prosecutor Mariven Borbon and Deputy City Prosecutor Sarah Vanessa Lacno stated that the complainant Hannah (real name withheld for her privacy) failed to substantiate allegations for violation of Section 4 (a) of Republic Act 10364, or the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act, which is “to recruit, obtain, hire, provide, offer, transport, transfer, maintain, harbor, or receive a person by any means, including those done under the pretext of domestic or overseas employment or training or apprenticeship, for the purpose of prostitution, pornography, or sexual exploitation.”

Hannah filed the charges on June 29, 2022 against her manager Miles Marlon Wafer and events’ organizer Renato “Jay-r” Yosores Jr. She said the two connived with each other to set her up, resulting in her getting raped on September 13, 2021.

“The element of purpose is wanting. As narrated by complainant, her intention in meeting respondent Yosores was her to audition for Casa Blanca Bikini Bodies 2022, which was directed by respondent Yosores and not for prostitution, pornography or sexual exploitation,” read the resolution.

It added that Hannah failed to convince the prosecution that conspiracy existed between the respondents.

“Basic is the rule that conspiracy must be proven with evidence and not by mere inference or logic,” it added.

The resolution also stated that the mere fact that Wafer knew Yosores for seven years and that the latter was previously charged by complaining minors being brought to Moonlight cannot in anyway be viewed as conspiracy.

It said the previous conduct is not admissible as evidence pursuant to Section 35 of Rule 130 of the Rule on Evidence.

Sought for comment, Wafer told SunStar Cebu Wednesday, November 9, that he is overwhelmed with joy since the day he got the news of the dismissal.

Wafer earlier denied Hannah’s allegations, saying he was willing to face the charges against him in court.

The Children’s Legal Bureau (CLB), which backed Hannah’s quest for justice, refused to comment on the dismissal, saying it has yet to receive a copy of the complaint.

CLB is assisting Hannah under its program Strength-Counter-Trafficking in Persons Project with the United States Agency for International Development and the Partnership for Development Assistance. (MKG)