MANILA, Philippines — Operatives of National Bureau of Investigation-Anti-Organized and Transnational Crime Division (NBI-AOTCD) arrested two Chinese nationals for human trafficking and rescued 22 Chinese female sex workers during operations last January 15, in Makati City.
The operations of the NBI is in line with the relentless campaign of the Bureau against human trafficking.
NBI Director Dante Gierran identified the two suspects as Zhang Lian Wei and Li Wu Tao.
Seized during the operation were several boxes of condoms, lighters, vaginal lubricant creams, and sexual services menu cards.
Charges for violation of RA 9208 (Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003) as amended by Republic Act 10364 (Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012) were filed against the two suspects before the Office of the Prosecutor General, Department of Justice, Manila.
Proper coordination was made with the Bureau of Immigration for the schedule of turn-over of the 22 Chinese women sex workers, as well as for the filing of charges and deportation.
Suspects were arrested in an entrapment operation which stemmed from an intelligence information that a group of Chinese nationals is operating a prostitution den in Makati City that offers sexual services exclusively to Chinese men.
Acting on the said information, NBI-AOTCD operatives conducted an entrapment operation on January 15, 2020.
The poseur-customer called the number provided in the lighter being distributed by the group of Chinese nationals.
The poseur-customer was then instructed by the pimp to proceed to the lobby of a hotel along Makati Avenue, Makati City.
He was fetched by a Chinese male at the hotel lobby and was led to 11th floor and thereat he met suspect Zhang who brought the poseur customer to a room where several Chinese women were waiting to be chosen.
After the poseur-customer had chosen one Chinese woman, he was given a private room and was instructed to give his payment of P9,000 to suspect Li, the manager.
After coordinating with the hotel personnel, NBI-AOTCD operatives, together with the representatives from Makati Social Worker Department (MSWD), proceeded to the 11th floor and raided the place. (STACY ANG/IAMIGO/Currentph.com)