San Pedro, Laguna, Philippines. Photo: Google Maps

A woman has been sentenced in the Philippines to life in prison for human trafficking after being convicted of pimping out four females, including a 15-year-old girl, for sexual services in 2016.

On August 17, 2016, Lilibeth Oligo, also known as “Ate Joan,” was arrested in San Pedro, Laguna province, after she offered to sell the “sexual services” of four women to a man who was an undercover police officer, for 1,000 pesos (US$19) each, according to a report by the Philippines Lifestyle News.

Several months later, the minor victim committed suicide at a shelter of a non-profit organization.

Oligo was charged with human trafficking but she pleaded not guilty in a court hearing.

One of the four victims, 29, told the court that it was not the first time they had been pimped out by the defendant. She said she needed money to feed her children, GMA News reported.

On March 16 this year, Oligo was found guilty beyond reasonable doubt of qualified trafficking in persons, as defined and penalized under the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012. She was engaged in sexual exploitation of her four victims in exchange for financial gain, said the court.

On Monday, Oligo was sentenced to life imprisonment and ordered to compensate each of the three victims and the heirs of the minor 600,000 pesos in moral and exemplary damages.

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