A CHINESE-operated prostitution ring in Parañaque City was crushed by agents of the National Capital Region Police Office following a raid on Wednesday night which led in the arrest of at least 31 Chinamen and the rescue of 51 Chinese women believed to be engaged in the flesh trade, NCRPO director, Major General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar said.
The NCRPO director said that they raided the Manila Wellness Spa located at the 3rd floor of the Diamond Bay Tower along Roxas Boulevard in Barangay Baclaran, Parañaque City at 11:45 p.m. Wednesday following an entrapment operation.
The condominium seemed to be undergoing construction but the NCRPO discovered that it already houses a big spa serving as a ‘front’ for prostitution whose customers are mainly Chinese nationals.
Arrested during the operation were nine male and four female Chinese nationals believed to be operating the suspected prostitution den and 18 of their Chinese customers.
Eleazar said they also rescued 51 female Chinese nationals believed to be commercial sex workers as well as seven Filipinas working in the raided establishment.
“We have smashed another foreign-led prostitution ring whose operations were reported to us by a concerned citizen who apparently was emboldened by our previous similar operation in Makati City where two Chinese nationals were arrested and six Vietnamese women were rescued,” Eleazar explained. He added that they will seek the assistance of the Chinese Embassy in looking after the case of the 51 females.
The official said that members of the NCRPO Regional Special Operations Unit, the Parañaque City Police Station, the Bureau of Immigration Fugitive Section conducted the late evening operation.
“That operation was triggered by an information sent to our office regarding an alleged prostitution den in the area being operated by Chinese personalities,” said Eleazar.
The NCRPO director said that acting on the information, NCRPO-RSOU undercover officers conducted a series of surveillance operations in the area and confirmed the illegal activities taking place in the spa which prompted the sting.
Recovered during the raid were pieces of evidence intended for prostitution activities including condoms and P1.8 million in cash which is believed to be part of the proceeds of the prostitution ring.