BI detains Korean who lured 22 Pinays into prostitution

MANILA An overstaying Korean national is now detained and awaiting resolution of human trafficking charges filed against him in Mindanao, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said Friday.

In an advisory, BI Acting Intelligence Division Chief Fortunato Manahan Jr. identified the foreigner as Suc Joo Chang a.k.a. Seok Choi, who was arrested last June 13 by operatives of the bureau's Mindanao Intelligence Task Group (MITG) in General Santos City/South Cotabato.

The foreigner who allegedly lured into prostitution several Filipinas employed as bargirls in a nightclub which he owned and operated, was apprehended on the strength of a mission order issued by Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente following a raid of the establishment.

The operation reportedly resulted in the rescue of 22 women who were employed as bar girls. Witnesses said that the women were allegedly made to dance in the nude and perform lewd acts onstage before customers.

The suspect is presently detained at the BI's holding facility in Davao.

With this, Morente has ordered the initiation of deportation proceedings against the Korean for overstaying and being an undesirable alien.

It was learned that the foreigner failed to extend his stay in the country when his tourist visa expired last January 19.

The BI chief noted that the Korean's possible deportation will not yet be implemented while waiting for the resolution of his pending criminal case.

If convicted, he will have to serve his sentence first before we can deport him. Afterwards, we will place him in our blacklist to prevent him from returning to the Philippines, Morente said.

Aliens who prey on our poor women by forcing them into prostitution do not deserve the privilege to stay in the country, he added. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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