14 trafficked Vietnamese women rescued in Philippines

By Dat Nguyen   September 28, 2022 | 06:15 am PT
14 trafficked Vietnamese women rescued in Philippines
A casino in Paranaque, the Philippines, on July 11, 2022. Photo Reuters
The Philippines police have rescued 14 Vietnamese and 10 Chinese women trafficking victims from two Chinese suspects who allegedly held them captive in Paranaque City.

The rescue operation was based on an intelligence report the police received about a group of women being confined in three separate units of a condominium complex in the village of Tambo, the Philippine National Police officer in-charge, Lieutenant General Jose Chiquito Malayo, said in a statement.

A joint force of the Parañaque City Police, Barangay Women Desk Office and the Department of Social Welfare and Development acted on the information, leading to the arrest of the two suspects, who were found guarding the victims at the time of the rescue operation, the Inquirer reported.

Both the suspects and rescued women have been placed in the custody of the Paranaque City police’s Women and Children’s Protection Desk.

It seems that the victims were promised stable jobs in the Philippines but forced to work as sex workers.

The Philippines had earlier this week said it intends to shut down 175 online gambling firms and deport about 40,000 Chinese nationals working for them, as pressure built up on the government to crack down on the shadowy online gaming sector, according to the Diplomat.

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