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Two Chinese nationals arrested for trafficking 6 Vietnamese women

September 05, 2019 - Thursday 7:09 PM by MDM

Two Chinese nationals were arrested while six Vietnamese women whom they allegedly prostituted were rescued in a police operation in Barangay San Antonio, Makati on Wednesday night.

The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said the anti-trafficking entrapment and rescue operation was conducted at the Avida Asten Tower 2 in Barangay San Antonio at around 10 p.m. on September 4 by the NCRPO’s Regional Special Operations Unit together with the Women and Children Protection Division-Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division and the Makati Police Station.

The NCRPO identified the arrested suspects Kuang Meiting, and Li Xuemei, both Chinese nationals.

The rescued women were all Vietnamese nationals, it added.

The NCRPO said the operation stemmed from information from a confidential informant regarding the rampant proliferation of prostitution activities involving foreign nationals in the condominium.

The NCRPO said case records show the suspects used the internet to offer the victims for sexual services to clients. The victims were Vietnamese, Chinese, and Malaysian.

The NCRPO said further investigation revealed there was a room in the condominium called as "show-up room" where clients can choose among the women. Clients also have the option to use three other available rooms in the condominium or bring the women somewhere else.

The arrested suspects and confiscated evidence were brought to the NCRPO’s Regional Special Operations Unit (RSOU) office for documentation and proper disposition.

The NCRPO said criminal complaints against the suspect for violation of Republic Act 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003, as amended by RA 10364 also known as the Expanded Anti-Trafficking Act of 2012, will be prepared against the suspects.

NCRPO regional director Police Major General Guillermo Eleazar said the rescued victims will be handed over to the social workers of Makati Police Station or the local government unit for appropriate disposition.

“Our coordinators will be coordinating with Vietnamese Embassy so they can return to their country, according to the existing laws in the country," Eleazar said.

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