CIDG bust escort-service ring in Makati City

MANILA, Philippines – Joint operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) have busted on late Monday evening an escort-service ring after raiding a prostitution den in Makati City.

The raid at a prostitution den in Brgy. Palanan, Makati have also resulted to the arrest of four suspects and rescue of at least 60 females that were forced to work as a sex-worker, the CIDG said in a statement.

CIDG Chief, Director Samuel Pagdilao Jr., named the four suspects arrested during the raid as alias Tony, 29; Eric, 21; Arman, 42 and Serge, all are from 3710 Bautista St., corner Casino St., in Brgy. Palanan, Makati City.

Pagdilao said that CIDG Womens’ and Children’s Protection Division (WCPD) operatives and IACAT personnel and DSWD representatives launched an entrapment operation at around 7:30 pm Monday at the said place in Makati City.

The CIDG chief said that most of the rescued female sex workers were recruited as far as Davao and in other places in Mindanao and were being pimped by the escort-service ring to foreigners for sex services.

WCPD chief, Supt. Emma Libunao said that the entrapment operation on Monday night stemmed from numerous complaints that the CIDG has received from concerned residents of Makati City about the rampant sex trade in the area.

Libunao said that a client is billed P3,000 for the service of a sex worker, which is being escorted by an errand from the sex den in Makati to a designated hotel in Metro Manila where the trafficked woman is set to meet her client.

Libunao added that the money will be divided between the handlers, the escort and the sex worker, with the latter receiving only one thousand pesos per client.

During last night’s entrapment operation, CIDG agents negotiated for the services of three sex workers for P3.5-thousand each. After Serge received the money, the CIDG and IACAT launched the rescue operation.

The marked money was later recovered from the possession of Arman.

Persons arrested and rescued sex workers were brought to the CIDG-WCPD for investigation.

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