14 foreigners rescued in anti-trafficking drive

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- At least 14 victims of human trafficking were rescued while two suspects, Chinese nationals, were arrested during a raid in Mabalacat City, Pampanga last Tuesday.

Brigadier General Rhodel Sermonia, Police Regional Office (PRO)-Central Luzon director, said all those rescued are women from Vietnam and China.

The victims were allegedly exploited by the suspects identified as Lin Xuan, a certain alias Lepai and Wenqiang Zeng, all Chinese nationals.

Sermonia said suspect Zeng managed to elude arrest during the raid.

He said that appropriate charges for violation of Republic Act No. 10364 or Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act have already been filed against the foreigners.

The rescued victims are now temporarily sheltered at the City Social Welfare and Development Office while coordination is being made with the Bureau of Immigration for proper disposition of the victims.

Sermonia said the raiding team recovered from the suspects P4 million in cash, mobile phones, boxes of condoms, passports, IDs, a Mitsubishi Montero SUV, and Mitsubishi Mirage sedan.

The suspects are presently detained at the Mabalacat Police Station. (Ric Sapnu)


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