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Ten sex workers
face vagrancy raps

Ten freelance commercial sex workers were charged for violation of Article 202 of the Revised Penal Code of the Philippines for vagrancy and prostitution before the Bacolod City Prosecutor’s Office, yesterday.

Supt. Santiago Rapiz, deputy city police director, said they filed the charges against the women to compel them to continue their medication, since some of them tested positive for sexually transmitted diseases.

They also want to teach the women a lesson so they will no longer go back to their old activities and instead look for other means of livelihood, Rapiz added.

He said of the 10 freelance commercial sex workers who were charged, one of them was already released from detention after she posted a P500 bail.

“We are doing this to make Bacolod an STD-free city” Rapiz said.

Since last week 79 commercial sex workers have been apprehended by the Task Force Night Watch in different areas of Bacolod, and 52 of them tested positive fro STD, the police said.*APN

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