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6 rescued from Bulacan sex den

InterAksyon.com
The online news portal of TV5

MANILA, Philippines -- Six women employed as sex workers were rescued by anti-human trafficking operatives in a raid in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan Thursday night, a police official said Friday.

The rescue came after police raided the TFR Hotel Videoke and Restaurant at Muzon, San Jose del Monte City at around 11 p.m. Police also arrested four persons, including the owner of the establishment.

Chief Superintendent Samuel Pagdilao Jr., director of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), identified the rescued victims as Annie Ondivilla, 23, Jojielyn Orande, 22, Jennifer Lim, 30, Krishna Mendoza, 20, Marelyn Taguinod, 19, and Jessa Recopelacion, 22.

Pagdilao said the victims were employed as Guest Relations Officer (GRO) at the bar owned by a certain Victorino Flaviano.

Undercover police agents posing as guests were ushered into a room by employees of the bar, where they were offered women for sexual services. It was during this time that police swooped down on the bar, arresting Flaviano, Marilyn San Luis, Melody Torres, and Andrea Castillo.

Pagdilao said the arrest came days after police received a tip that the establishment was offering “extra services” in the form of sexual acts for an additional amount of at least P1,000.

The suspects will be charged with violation of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003.

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