MANILA – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Tuesday announced recent arrests in Pasay City and Cavite province following concerns over rising incidents of human trafficking in the past two months.
In a statement to the media, the NBI said female Chinese national Wen Fangfang was nabbed for human trafficking by operatives of the NBI - International Operations Division (NBI-IOD) in Pasay.
Wen allegedly ran her operations in several condominium units using the secure messaging app Telegram to send photographs with the corresponding price tags of women to foreigners.
A separate operation of the NBI’s Cybercrime Division in General Mariano Alvarez, Cavite resulted in the arrest of two male suspects who offered female sex workers, including minors, through social media.
Rodel Miranda, alias Gigzo, and Jesus Manuel Genio, alias Buboy, who were nabbed in an apartelle, operated under the Facebook account name Gigzo Anap Reyes.
Nine women were rescued and have been transferred under the supervision of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
On Monday, an inter-agency meeting in Malacañang was held to discuss the reported 2,000 cases of human trafficking in January and February, which is nearly the total for 2022.
Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla said most of the victims, predominantly women, were spirited away to Myanmar via Thailand. (PNA)