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Model sues manager, event organizer for human trafficking

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A TEENAGE model sued her former manager and an event planner outside the Mandaue City Attorney’s Office on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, over allegations that they groomed her to be sexually abused.

Hannah (real name withheld for privacy) has filed human trafficking charges against her manager Miles Marlon Wafer and event planner Renato “Jay-r” Yosores Jr.

She alleged that the two colluded to entrap her, which then led to her being raped on September 13, 2021.

But Wafer, in a separate interview, denied Hannah’s allegations, adding that he was prepared to face the charges against him in court.

Yosores, however, declined to comment on the matter as he has yet to receive a copy of the complaint.

Hannah said that on the evening of September 13, 2021, Wafer called her to audition for an open bikini, and she was surprised to see Yosores, who had made prior requests for outings which she had turned down.

Not informed

Hannah said in her complaint against Wafer and Yosores that it was her manager who told her to go to the hotel for the screening, without telling her who she was meeting with.

She was also not informed that she was the only one to be screened during the supposed photoshoot.

According to Hannah, she wanted to back down but couldn’t when Yosores arranged her for a dinner party. She was then driven to her car and taken to a hostel in Barangay Tipolo, Mandaue town, where she was allegedly raped.

In a separate rape complaint filed earlier by Hannah, she said that while she was in one of the rooms, Yosores asked her to wear a bathing suit and flirt with him.

She said Yosores brags about her other models competing for her attention.

She went on to say that he had promised her that he would give her money so that her mother did not have to work hard and that he would arrange for her to have “sugar daddies”. She added that Yosores even took a hit on her cheap phone and promised her a better phone if she stayed with him.

Hannah alleged that Yosores then raped her, before sending her home in her car.

The Children’s Legal Bureau (CLB) supported Hannah’s quest or justice in the belief that many other girls could be victimized by the same scheme by sexual predators.

“There are enough reasons for us to believe that there was collusion between Wafer and Yosores. All the circumstances indicate that Anne was taken to the lion’s den. She was in such a situation where she can no longer withstand imminent abuse. The prize hanging in front of her was a contract for an open bikini where Wafer was to get 50% of everything she earns,” said attorney Kristine Marciana Laplana, CLB attorney and assistant counsel to Hannah.

Innocent

But Wafer, in an interview with SunStar Cebu on Thursday June 30, denied the allegations made against him by one of his talents, saying he is innocent of the allegations and not afraid to face the charges.

“Basta ako innocent allegations. Di ko maulaw muatubang in the tawo, although I catch no damage in the other,” he told SunStar Cebu.

(I am innocent of these allegations. I am not ashamed to confront people, although the damage has a great impact on me.)

Wafer has been in the modeling business for 22 years.

Wafer and Yosores were charged with violating Section 4(a) of Republic Act 10364 or the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act, which is “to recruit, obtain, engage, supply, offer, transport, transfer, maintain, harbor or receive any person by any means, including those done under the guise of employment, training or apprenticeship in the country or abroad, for the purposes of prostitution, pornography or sexual exploitation.

CLB assists Hannah through her Strength-Counter-Trafficking in Persons Project program with the United States Agency for International Development and the Partnership for Development Assistance. (HIC, PR)