Korean applies for job, gets kidnapped in Manila
MANILA, Philippines — A Korean national was hoping to get a job offered by his compatriot but instead, he ended up being detained in Manila by fellow Koreans, Philippine National Police’s Anti-Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG) said Wednesday.
In a report, Lt. Col. Villaflor Bannawagan, PNP-AKG’s chief of Luzon Field Unit, identified the victim as Kim Byeong Mo, 19.
Based on the initial investigation, Bannawagan said Kim arrived in the country on Jan. 19 after his college senior offered him a job.
Kim then went to a condominium in Ermita where three Korean men, including the suspect, asked him to surrender his passport and phone.
Kim discovered that he was being forced to work at a company involved in “voice phishing,” which means “telephone fraud with extortion,” Bannawagan said.
After two days, the victim reported his situation to his mother in Korea, who then alerted the Korean Embassy on the incident.
Acting on the Korean Embassy’s letter, elements of PNP-AKG, Korean police and Manila Police District went to the condominium and rescued Kim on Tuesday night.
Authorities also arrested suspect Na Jin Suk, 36, who was detained in PNP-AKG Headquarters and would be facing charges of kidnapping with serious illegal detention.
The suspect was presented to the media at the AKG Headquarters on Wednesday but opted not to give his statement on the incident.
Police will also conduct further investigation to identify and go after Na Jin Suk’s cohorts.
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