By Calvin Cordova
CEBU CITY – The National Bureau of Investigation in Central Visayas (NBI 7) rescued 34 female Chinese nationals from a prostitution ring operating in a bar that was being run by four of their compatriots in Lapu Lapu City.
According to NBI 7 Director Tomas Enrile, seven NBI agents posed as customers, on Monday, and were able to pay P35,000 for each of three Chinese ladies so that they could take them out.
This entrapment operation led to the arrest of Zeng Dan, Quan Yiqing, Xiuzhu Wei and Xiushen Wei who will be charged with violation of the Republic Act 9208 (Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003) in relation to RA 10364 or the “Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012”.
Then on the strength of a search warrant issued by Executive Judge Joseph Stephen Ygnacio of the Regional Trial Court Judge in Lapu-Lapu City, NBI 7 raided the bar and rescued the 34 female Chinese nationals.
In a press briefing Monday, Enrile also said customers were being charged for the use of an exclusive VIP room and another P7,500 for every entertainer.
Enrile added that investigation showed that the rescued women were recruited to work for an online gaming company, but ended up working as guest relations officers (GRO) when they arrived in Lapu-Lapu.
The rescued women, who came from different provinces in China, were turned over to the Chinese Consular Office.
Enrile said follow-up investigation will be conducted to find out if the four suspects have cohorts in their illegal activities.