Saturday, January 16, 2010

DOJ pushes case vs Tanenglians

THE Department of Justice has recommended the filing in court of eight counts of child abuse, kidnapping and serious illegal detention against businessman Mariano Tanenglian, his wife Aleta and their two children based on the complaint against them by their former housemaid Mary Jane Sollano.

The DOJ Task Force on Women and Children Protection also found probable cause against the Tanenglians to charge them with violation of the anti-trafficking in persons law.

Prosecutors said Sollano, 19, was able to establish that respondents employed her as their housemaid for more than five years, as evidenced by a "contract," with an intention to extract forced labor or involuntary servitude from her for five years without salary and under constant condition of harm and threat.

"Within this period, complainant suffered cruelty, physical abuse from the hands of respondents, and had been subjected to a condition prejudicial to her normal development as a child, in violation of RA 7610," the DOJ said, referring to the anti-child abuse law.

Sollano was only 13 when she was recruited from Zamboanga del Sur to work as a housemaid for the Tanenglians in June 2004. She was rescued by police and social workers on Aug. 10, 2009. Sollano said she was subjected to physical and sexual abuse by the Tanenglians.

Evangeline C. de Vera
January 15, 2010
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