- Hilary Acosta Santos, a.k.a. “Violet Sy,” and partner were arrested by authorities for human trafficking
- 11 girls were found in their condo unit, most of them minors
- Santos and boyfriend denied the accusations, said girls were merely staying at their unit
More than 70,000 followers of “Violet Sy” and partner are still in shock after learning the truth behind the atrocious business of their idol. It was just recently that authorities discovered their human trafficking operations, using Facebook as the platform for their unscrupulous business deals with foreigners.
Authorities were able to rescue 11 girls, with most of them minors, during an entrapment operation. These girls were used to escort foreigners playing in casinos in the Philippines.
Hilary Acosta Y. Santos, a.k.a. Violet Sy, and her partner Joey Jalgalado have been into the operations for a long time now, but it was only recently that they were discovered.
Foreigners pay Santos and Jalgalado thousands of pesos in exchange for the girls that are being brought to them. The range is from P15,000 to P30,000.
According to the couple, the girls were merely staying at their unit. They also denied the accusations against them. If the couple will be proven guilty, they will face penalties under the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012.
Under the special law, human trafficking carries a penalty of both imprisonment and a fine, the minimum of which is at P1 million. Acts punished under the said law include trafficking, promotion of the illegal activity and qualified trafficking.
Social media users flooded the Facebook page of Violet Sy when the news came out. They believe that some people tend to do illegal activities because of envy.
According to one user, perhaps they get envious of people on social media who have really nice cellphones while they don’t, which is why they go to the extent of engaging in illegal activities just to get that they want.
Because of what happened, social media users are now giving out a warning against entities who promise a huge salary, which is oftentimes too good to be true. – SD, Kami Media