Privileges enjoyed by moneyed prisoners of the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) extend beyond living in special quarters. They can also enjoy the pleasures of the flesh right inside maximum security.
A source said prostitution is so “rampant” in the state penitentiary that sex workers, whom they call tilapia, are “peddled like fish to moneyed prisoners.”
“Only the rich can afford them because their price starts at P3,500 and could go even higher than P10,000, depending on the woman’s physical attributes,” said the source who once brought a prostitute in.
The money would allegedly be divided among the woman, the pimp that brought her there, the prisoner who will peddle her inside the compound, and the jail guard.
The same source said there are several ways a tilapia can enter the heavily guarded compound. One was to acquire a fake identification card, which will bear the name of anyone recorded in the prisoner’s “karpeta” or record of legitimate visitors, or through connivance with the empleyado (jail guard).
“Sometimes you give P1,500 to P2,000 to the empleyado for them to allow the woman to go in. But once she’s in, money is easy already because many men, mostly the Chinese, are waiting for her there,” said the source.
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