454727f26e002ce9bad83a11415e-grandeManila: Authorities from several crime agencies in the Philippines have rescued 15 minor children working in a gay bar.

The Manila Times reports that a composite team of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and the Social Services Department of Quezon City rescued the children.

According to DOLE-NCR Officer-in-Charge Director Nelson Hornilla, the raid was conducted June 10 evening at the Matikas Bar and Restaurant in Timog Avenue, Quezon City.

The children were then brought by the NBI to their office for purposes of profiling, investigation and to confirm their real age.

The NBI also invited the owner of the bar to undergo investigation.

According to the DOLE, the minors were not properly paid for their work with no overtime pay, no holiday pay, and were not also properly paid for working at night.

The surveillance report of the NBI stated that 20 males were dancing naked every night at the gay bar which was raided.

The bar owner now faces charges for violation of the Anti-Human Trafficking Law, Anti-Child Labor Law and Child Protection Law.

Aside from the criminal charges, the DOLE is also expediting the filing of administrative complaint against the owner and its accomplices, and to pursue the closure proceedings against the establishment.

Source: manilatimes.net