NCRPO eyes help from China to dismantle sex dens for POGO workers

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 09 2019 12:08 PM | Updated as of Oct 09 2019 03:35 PM

MANILA — The Metro Manila police said Wednesday it would coordinate with its Chinese counterparts to dismantle sex dens allegedly patronized by the workers of Philippine offshore gaming operations (POGO) hubs.

Police swooped down Monday on a Makati hotel allegedly used as a brothel by mostly Chinese clients. This is the 4th such establishment raided by authorities in Metro Manila since September.

National Capital Region Police Office chief Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said he will discuss the issue with a police attaché from China on Friday.

"Mas alam nila iyong mga sindikatong 'yon. And that through our collaboration, we can determine kung sino iyong mga grupong 'yon and probably they can help us," he said.

(They know those syndicates better and through our collaboration, we can determine who these groups are and probably they can help us.)

The presence of the sex dens, however, does not justify banning POGO workers, who are mostly Chinese, said Eleazar.

"'Di porke't meron nito ang solusyon is itigil ang pagpunta nila rito. Pero siguro mas maganda na mas husayan pa ng ating mga pulis ang pagmo-monitor sa kanila at magkaroon tayo ng mas magandang coordination with our Chinese counterparts,” he said.

(This does not mean that the solution is stop them from coming here. Perhaps it's better if our police step up their monitoring and establish better coordination with our Chinese counterparts.)

The busted sex dens were run by separate groups, but have a similar modus of employing Chinese workers who enter the country with tourist visas.

Police, he said, will also look into leasing practices after finding out that the owner of the raided Makati hotel leased several floors to a Chinese man who sub-rented it.

Investigators were looking into the possible involvement of the hotel owner, who has yet to surface after the city government shut down the establishment, said Makati police chief Col. Rogelio Simon.

Report from Anjo Bagaoisan, ABS-CBN News