Korean-owned 'prostitution den' in Pasay raided

Posted at 04/17/10 9:46 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Authorities on Friday night raided a Korean-owned night club suspected of prostituting young women in Pasay City.

Rescued from Amour Korean KTV along Diosdado Macapagal Avenue were 98 women working either as waitresses or dancers in the club.

The Department of Justice-Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (DOJ-IACAT) said it received reports that some of the women in the club were being peddled to foreign clients.

“May mga nakatakas kasing babae mula dito, menor de edad at sinabi sa atin ibinubugaw ang mga ito sa mga foreigner at yung iba naman ipinapadala sa mga hotel,” said Ret. Col. Jess Cabigting of DOJ-IACAT.

(Some women have escaped from here, they were minors, and they told us that they were sold to foreigners and that the others were sent to hotels).

The women and the club owner, Cacoi Pooh, a Korean national, were taken to the DOJ following the raid.

“Yung mga minors itu-turn over natin sila sa DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development), ibibigay lang sila sa mga magulang o guardians nila. Dadaan sila sa counseling at tuturuan ng livelihood,” said DOJ state counsel Joseph Gumabon.

(The minors will be turned over to the DSWD, which will release them to their parents or guardian. The women will undergo counseling and will be trained for alternative livelihood).

The Korean owner, who denied that they were running a prostitution den, is facing charges of organized human trafficking, a crime which is non-bailable and punishable with imprisonment of up to 30 years. -- report from Francis Faulve, ABS-CBN News