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Wives tip off police on alleged sex dens

By Marlon Ramos
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 00:06:00 04/10/2008

Filed Under: Crime, Law & Justice

MANILA, Philippines ? Raids on alleged sex dens in Quezon City in the past few days were prompted by reports from wives of male customers who were apparently fed up with their husbands? after-work routine.

An official of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) said Wednesday information was relayed through text messages to the Philippine National Police hotline TXT 2920.


?While many of them (informants) wanted to remain anonymous, they admitted that they came to know the bars were prostitution fronts after catching their husbands or boyfriends in those places,? said Supt. Franklin Moises Mabanag, chief of the QCPD Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (QCPD-CIDU).


Mabanag said there were instances when men arrested during police operations in suspected sex dens were fetched from the police stations by their wives.

Supt. Antonio Yarra, chief of QCPD?s General Investigation Section, said the community seemed to appreciate efforts of the police to eliminate prostitution.

?The community is now becoming more vigilant in helping the police,? Yarra said.

Since the crackdown on suspected sex dens started a week ago, Yarra said different units under the QCPD have raided 15 establishments, including two gay bars, and rescued more than 200 sex workers.

Police raided Wednesday three more entertainment bars and massage parlors where 119 women, including 10 teenagers, were employed as entertainers.

Elements of QCPD Station 2 raided at around 2 a.m. the Queen?s Castle Bar on Quezon Avenue after receiving information that underaged women were working as guest relations officers (GROs).

Supt. Allan Pareo, QCPD Station 2 commander, said 10 of the 64 GROs in the high-end club admitted they were below 18 years old.

?Under the law, they cannot be employed as entertainers because they are minors,? he said over the phone.

Pareo said they have filed criminal charges against the two floor managers of the karaoke bar who were arrested during the raid.

He said the young women would be handed over to the Department of Social Work and Development. The police, meanwhile, released 54 entertainers who had the necessary work permits.

Ten agents of the QCPD Station raided Wild Princess KTV Bar on Quezon Avenue and the nearby Korokkan KTV on Timog Avenue.

QCPD-CIDU operatives also raided Happy Sauna at 1388 E. Rodriguez Avenue, Barangay Mariana and brought 34 massage attendants to Camp Karingal for questioning.

Five customers of the sauna center were also arrested during the raid.

Inspector Roberto Razon said employees of the massage parlor allegedly offered sex to clients for P500.

He said the establishment was allegedly owned by Jaime Lim Yu.



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