3 human trafficking victims rescued; Chinese nabbed

Ralph Edwin Villanueva - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — Two women and a teenage girl believed to be victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation were rescued at a condominium building in Pasay City on Sunday.

City police chief Col. Byron Tabernilla said 30-year-old Li Qi, a Chinese citizen, was arrested during the operation at around 7:30 a.m.

Probers said the victims were supposedly recruited to give sexual services to foreigners.

The operation stemmed from a complaint filed by the minor’s cousin, according to police.

The victims were allegedly forced to become sex workers by a Chinese named only as “Philip,” who eluded arrest.

“Philip’s group sells obscene materials on social media platforms,” probers said.

Police have launched a manhunt for Philip. Li is facing charges of violating Republic Act 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act.

In Makati, two alleged members of a human trafficking ring were arrested by police in an entrapment operation on Sunday.

Janelle de la Cruz, 28, and Catherine Sagun, 20, were taken into police custody.

Southern Police District director Brig. Gen. Kirby Kraft said three minors were rescued in the operation.

“We will intensify the crackdown on child trafficking to protect them from abuse and exploitation,” Kraft said.


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