A Chinese national was arrested who allegedly extorted fellow Chinese in Malate, Manila, on Friday morning.
The MPD-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) conducted an entrapment operation against the 33-year-old suspect after the victim filed a complaint to the police.
The 26-year-old victim and operator of Philippine offshore gaming operations (POGO) and the suspect met on social media app WeChat.
The suspect threatened to abduct the victim if he does not give money.
The suspect initially demanded ¥ 2 million or P14 million but was unsatisfied and asked for an additional P200,000 to be paid each week.
As a result, the Chinese victim has already reported to the police and has arranged to meet with the suspect in front of a hotel in Malate, Manila.
The suspect took the bait, which resulted in his arrest.
According to the police investigation, the suspect is a member of a syndicate group that targets POGO operators.
The suspect will face a robbery-extortion case. The police are still investigating if anyone else has been victimized.
Chinese national, Pinay girlfriend arrested for sex trafficking in spa
Last week, police arrested a Chinese national and his Pinay girlfriend during a drug raid at the couple’s spa, which is being used for sex trafficking, yesterday afternoon in Las Piñas City.
Authorities identified that arrested suspects as Mysa Dela Cruz, owner of Rodmiles Wellness Spa, and her Chinese boyfriend, Yuwen Thao. Police also rescued three women who work as a massage therapist but were being sold as sex workers in the said spa.
According to the Las Piñas City Police report, the police raided a spa in BF Resort Village of Brgy. Talon Dos at 12:30 am. This was after they put the spa under surveillance after they received a report that the Chinese and Pinay were using the establishment to cover its sex trafficking operation.
The two suspects are now detained in Las Piñas City Police Detention Center and are facing charges of violating the Anti-Human Trafficking Act at the Prosecutor’s Office.