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MANILA, Philippines -- Around 100 female sex workers were rescued by authorities in successive raids in three night spots in Angeles City, Pampanga's red light district Tuesday night, police said Wednesday.
Combined forces of the Department of Justice’s Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (DOJ-IACAT), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) also arrested five foreign nationals during the raids at the Sunshine Bar, the Blue Nile, and the Golden Nile night clubs along Fields Avenue in Barangay Balibago.
The raids on the Blue Nile and Golden Nile night clubs, reportedly owned by Irish man Richard Douglas Agnew, stemmed from the complaint lobbed by the Crusade Against Good Customs and Decency International, a non-government organization based in the city that fights sex tourism.
Agnew however was not present during the raid. CIDG’s WCPD chief, Superintendent Emma Libunao said that Agnew will still be charged with violation of Anti-Trafficking of Persons Act 2003 at the DOJ.
Earlier, authorities raided the Sunshine Bar that resulted in the rescue of sex workers and the arrest of the floor manager Terrence James Smith, an Australian.
In the wake of the recent raids on sex joints in Angeles City, Pagdilao has ordered the conduct of deeper probes in order to identify other personalities and determine their involvement in the proliferation of these sex joints for the filing of similar charges.
The DOJ-IACAT and the DSWD have also recommended to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to issue a closure order against these night spots in Angeles City.