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02 March 2024

Model drugged, raped by boyfriend

By Choy Navarro

MANILA: A 20-year-old man is facing charges of serious illegal detention and serious physical injuries as he forced his girlfriend, a freelance fashion model, to take drugs—and then raped her repeatedly for three weeks in Manila.

Reports said authorities apprehended Mark Anthony Soriano after the girl’s mother filed a complaint three days ago when her daughter, who failed to come home for more than a week, contacted her via a cellphone.

This first call did not give good results as it was cut off. On January 13, however, the victim was able to use a cellphone again and contacted her cousin, and said that she was being held in a house near the Central Market along Manila’s main thoroughfare of Recto Avenue.

Then authorities were able to capture Mr Soriano in his permanent residence at 940 Quezon Boulevard, in Sampaloc, Manila.

Police Officer 1 Edith Chavez, of the Manila Police District Women and Children’s Protection Section, said the victim has bruises all over her body and appears to be suffering from a trauma, as she gets afraid every time someone approaches or touches her.

Ms Chavez also said that only charges of illegal detention and physical injuries are levelled against the suspect, inasmuch as the lady went with her boyfriend on her own volition.

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