SEVEN women were rescued from sexual exploitation by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 from a hotel room in Barangay Kamputhaw, Cebu City yesterday afternoon.
Suspect Wade Llyod Allsopp, a British national, was arrested during the operation.
Arnel Pura, special investigator, said Allsopp is engaged in human trafficking and cybercrime operations. The suspect arrived in Cebu last March, according to Bureau of Immigration’s records.
After they received reports that the foreigner was often seen entering his room with minors, the NBI conducted surveillance and the agents confirmed his activities.
The suspect took pictures of the victims in the nude and sold the pictures on the internet. The customers would pay through his account.
Allsopp, for his part, denied he sold the pictures of the women and recruited minors.
“I haven’t ever and I would never take a single peso for anything to do with exploiting girls or anything like that. I like girls and I tried to advise them the best I can to avoid getting in trouble, to trying to avoid getting tattoos, to avoid getting to be single moms and stuff like that so that they get a better future in life,” he told reporters.
Allsopp said he did not invite the women who were inside his room. They planned to eat in a fast-food joint and later stay in the room because the heat was unbearable outside the hotel.
Pura said the foreigner will face complaints for violating Republic Act 9262, human trafficking and anti-cybercrime laws.
Allsopp said he will consult a lawyer, while the women will be endorsed to the social welfare office.
One of the rescued women, 18-year-old Julie (real name withheld), said the foreigner recruited her to pose in the nude.
Julie, who met the foreigner through a dating website last week, said he has yet to pay her.