Cops rescued 6 Vietnamese from the hands of two Chinese nationals who allegedly runs a prostitution den in Makati City, Wednesday night.
The National Capital Region Police Office – Regional Special Operations Unit (NCRPO-RSOU) conducted an entrapment operation at a condominium along Malugay Street in Barangay San Antonio, 10 p.m. last night.
NCRPO Director Guillermo Eleazar said they received information that the said condominium served as a prostitution den.
The arrested Chinese nationals were Kuang Meiting and Li Xuemei. The two were said to be employees of Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) where they run the sex trade.
As of today, there are about 138,000 Chinese workers employed in the POGO business; most of them are from mainland China.
6 rescued Vietnamese on a tourist visa
According to reports, the Vietnamese victims entered the country as tourists but later recruited to be sex workers.
Police said the suspects transact with their customers using social media platforms. They sell the women for P9,500 each. Male clients could also rent a room inside the condominium unit for P4,500.
The Chinese will face Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012 or Republic Act 10364 violation.
Duterte supports Chinese-operated POGOs
President Rodrigo Duterte said that the Philippines needs offshore gaming operations to sustain jobs for many Filipinos, Wednesday.
The President said he made the decision because to “benefit the interest of my country.”
“I decide that we need it. Marami ang mawalan ng hanapbuhay (many will lose their jobs). Anyway it’s government-controlled,” Duterte told reporters at Malacañang press conference.
Last month, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) suspended acceptance of applications for new offshore gambling firms or Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations.