18 women rescued from night club-A A +A
Thursday, October 3, 2013
ANGELES CITY -- Authorities rescued 18 women from a night club here believed to be a front for human trafficking schemes.
National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Central Luzon agents, in cooperation with the International Justice Mission (IJM), conducted the raid at Tycoon Bar along MacArthur Highway in Barangay Balibago Wednesday night.
Lawyer Jose Justo Yap, NBI Central Luzon director, said three bar employees -- floor managers and a cashier -- were arrested during the operation.
The establishment, owned by Philip Quizon, was suspected of holding lewd shows and guest relation officers (GROs) are allegedly forced to do sex with customers inside exclusive or VIP rooms.
NBI agents and IJM representatives brought the GROs and the three arrested employees to a government facility at the Clark Freeport for interrogation.
The NBI confirmed that two of the rescued girls are minors. The others are still undergoing verification process, while charges for human trafficking and other violations are being readied against the suspects.
Representatives from the City Social Welfare and Development Office accompanied the NBI agents during the raid.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on October 04, 2013.