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PH police discovers alleged prostitution den in raided POGO hub

November 9, 2023 Philippines Crime & Legal

Authorities discovered an alleged prostitute den during a search on an illegal Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO) facility in Paranaque City in the Philippines.

Due to a lack of a license to operate, the Southern Police District and the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC) conducted the operation to investigate the said POGO.

Along with the unlawful enterprise, officials uncovered private apartments and spa rooms on the building’s seventh level that were being utilized for prostitution.

The POGO hub employed 2,000 people but only reported 900 to the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).

Two Chinese nationals in charge of the POGO hub were detained, and 16 workers who were allegedly victims of human trafficking were rescued.

The PAOCC is looking into the possibility of closing owing to breaches of human trafficking, labor, and immigration regulations. The POGO workers will be profiled by the Bureau of Immigration, and the government is dedicated to combating human trafficking and maintaining community safety.

In a separate occurrence, another POGO hub in Pasay City was uncovered with a suspected prostitution den and a torture room.

Hundreds of official identity cards were discovered, including police clearances, tax identification number (TIN) cards, and PhilHealth IDs. Authorities are checking the legitimacy of the IDs, and during the operation, a Taiwanese fugitive sought for fraud in his own country was apprehended.

Original story by: GMA News

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