Bureau of Immigration detains Korean who lured 22 Pinays into prostitution

June 21, 2019

THE Bureau of Immigration has detained an overstaying Korean national who allegedly lured into prostitution 22 Filipinas employed as bargirls in a nightclub he owned in Mindanao.

BI acting intelligence division chief Fortunato Manahan Jr. identified the Korean as Suc Joo Chang alias “Seok Choi.”

Chang was arrested on June 13 by operatives of the Bureau’s Mindanao Intelligence Task Group.

Manahan said the BI agents arrested Chang on the strength of a mission order from Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente.

Morente learned that Chang was charged with human trafficking following a police raid in the suspect’s  nightclub.

Rescued during the operation were 22 women who were employed as bar girls.

Witnessses said the victims were made to dance in the nude and perform lewd acts on stage.

Chang is detained at the BI’s holding facility in Davao.

Morente ordered the deportation of Chang for overstaying and being an undesirable alien. 

Chang’s visa tourist visa expired on Jan. 19.

“If convicted, he will have to serve his sentence first before we can deport him.  Afterwards, we will place him in our blacklist to prevent him from returning to the Philippines,” the BI chief said.

“Aliens who prey on our poor women by forcing them into prostitution do not deserve the privilege to stay in the country,” Morente said.