AT least 35 Chinese nationals being sold for sex were rescued by police in an entrapment and rescue operation Monday evening in Makati City.
Makati police chief P/Col. Rogelio Simon said 21 male Chinese nationals who served as customers were arrested while 10 Filipino employees were also rounded up when the raid was conducted at around 11 p.m. at the 9th and 10th floors and at the Penthouse of Maxx Hotel located along Makati Avenue, Bgy. Poblacion.
Col. Simon said the operation was conducted after they received a reliable information that Chinese women were being pimped and trafficked to become sex workers at the hotel used as sex den exclusively for Chinese nationals.
The clients, according to Col. Simon, are mostly Chinese men working at the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO) and were offered women through online where bookings were arranged for fees ranging from P20,000 to P45,000.
The raiding team, composed of elements of Makati Police Station Investigation and Detective Management Branch (SIDMB) and Women and Children’s Protection Desk (WCPD) recovered from different rooms assorted sex paraphernalia, costumes, sex toys, sex books and tally board indicating the number of clients for every sex worker.
Police said they will recommend to the city government the closure of the hotel which is being used as prostitution den after they failed to arrest its operator.
Makati Mayor Abby Binay ordered the closure of Maxx Hotel in Barangay Poblacion for violating R.A. Republic Act 10364 or the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012.
Mayor Abby ordered inspectors from the city’s Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO) to serve the closure order yesterday to protect the interest of legitimate businesses in the city.