Singaporean ‘detained’ 6 Filipinas-A A +A
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
SINGAPOREAN national Robin James Chua is facing new accusations.
He and his Filipina wife Dolores Yamson Salvador allegedly detained six Filipina women in their house in Singapore in 2011 and did not release their salaries.
The six women, who are believed to be victims of human trafficking and illegal recruitment, had sought the help of the Philippine Embassy in November that year, according to Cebu City Assistant Prosecutor Liceria Lofranco-Rabillas.
The women claimed that they were forced to work in the Chua house to pay off a debt.
Rabillas, chief of the Inter-Agency Council against Trafficking at the Mactan airport, said they will ask the Department of Foreign Affairs in Cebu about the women’s current whereabouts.
It remains unclear whether they’ve returned to the Philippines.
Rabillas said the six Filipinas worked at the Rapids PRD Lte. Ltd., a Singapore-based club owned by Chua and his wife.
Of the six women, however, only two filed complaints against Chua and Salvador.
Representatives from the Philippine Embassy assisted the two women to lodge the complaint before the Singapore Ministry of Manpower.
The Singaporean labor commissioner later ordered the club owner to pay the two Filipinas their unpaid salaries.
Chua, his girlfriend Fraulline May Soria and her aunt Lurlie Soria were also charged with qualified human trafficking and syndicated illegal recruitment before the Office of the Cebu City Prosecutor.
The trio allegedly lured a free-lance model from Cebu City to work in Singapore by offering her a P20,000 weekly commission with the “option” to have sex with customers in exchange for money.
Airport authorities stopped the suspects from leaving Cebu for Singapore last Oct.12.
The three suspects remain at large, but their passports were impounded by the anti-trafficking task force.
Joan (real name withheld) was not allowed to board the plane last Oct. 12 after her answers to the border control questionnaires were “inconsistent.”
Chua and the Sorias were also stopped at the Mactan airport on Oct. 12 and were taken in for questioning at the immigration office.
Airport police had to release them since no complaint was filed yet at that time, Rabillas said.
But the task force won’t turn over the suspects’ passports since these will used as evidence in the case they filed against the suspects, Rabillas said.
Chua and the Sorias reportedly reside at Deca Homes Mactan 5 in Barangay Basak, Lapu-Lapu City.
Singapore-based newspaper The Strait Times reported that Chua, 47, is the managing director of Rapids PRD Pub in Tanjong Pagar, which is located in Singapore’s central business district.
The suspects’ alleged modus includes shouldering all the expenses of their victims from the Philippines, but would later collect the money once they begin working in the brothels in Singapore.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 04, 2013.