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Cops arrest owner of spa in Manila offering ‘extra service’


By Martin Sadongdong 

The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) arrested a woman who owns a massage spa which allegedly offers “all the way sex” service to its customers and saved two of its employees in an entrapment and rescue operation in Sta. Mesa, Manila Saturday night.

Newly assigned National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director Guillermo Eleazar (FEDERICO CRUZ / MANILA BULLETIN)

National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) P/Maj. Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar

Police Major General Guillermo Eleazar, NCRPO director, identified the suspect as Shiela May Genove, 22, a native of Candelaria, Quezon and stay-in owner at Lavender Zen Spa located at Bacood, Sta. Mesa, Manila.

Meanwhile, police rescued two of the on-duty spa employees identified as alias Ara, 19, and alias Mina, 27.

Genove was arrested inside the spa around 7:30 p.m. by operatives of the NCRPO-Regional Special Operations Unit (RSOU) in coordination with the Philippine National Police-Women and Children Protection Desk (PNP-WCPD), NCRPO-Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division (RIDMD) and Manila Police District (MPD) Station 8.

Eleazar said the operation was hatched when the police received a tip from a confidential informant regarding the alleged sexual services being offered in the spa.

What followed was weeks of casing and surveillance operations which, according to Eleazar, “resulted to a positive validation.”

Eleazar said two undercover agents acted as customers at the spa and availed themselves of the extra service. After the payment was handed to Genove, the cops alerted the backup team which then entered the spa and effected the arrest of the spa owner.

“The modus operandi of [Genove] is to offer an extra service or ‘all the way sex’ other than the massage,” Eleazar said.

Moreover, the NCRPO Chief added that it was Genove who personally transacts with her customers. Genove allegedly shows a gallery of pictures of women employees she called “therapists on call with extra service” to her clients.

Alias Ara and Mina revealed that they are being paid P5,000 for the extra service aside from the regular pay for the massage. Genove, for her part, will receive a P1,000-tip from her clients for every “successful transaction.”

“Further, the victims were required to attend to their work otherwise they will be charged P500 for their absence,” Eleazar noted.

The rescued employees told the police that they only agreed to Genove’s terms because they needed money for their respective families.

Genove and the rescued victims were brought to the RSOU office in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City for proper disposition.

Genove is facing charges for violating the Republic Act 10364 or The Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012.

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