ANGELES City -- Authorities have yet to locate two Korean tourists who are facing charges for human trafficking here.
Copies of documents from the National Bureau of Investigation-Central Luzon Regional Office (NBI-CELRO) identified the foreigners as Kim Yooshik and Kim Hyun Goo.
A composite team of Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking, composed of operatives and staff of NBI-CELRO and Department of Social Welfare and Development, conducted an operation at Arcadia Bar at the red light district on Fields Avenue here last August 25 and confirmed that Filipinas were being pimped for paid sex.
NBI-CELRO agents led by Atty. Arcelito Albao got into the bar and posed as customers. A waitress asked them to choose any of the women entertainers inside to have sex with them for P3,000.
The operatives paid P6,000 marked money and were given two women to accompany them to a hotel for sexual services.
The authorities then arrested the waitress, identified as Judith Milca Doinog, and cashier Wilson Bureros Plarisan and rescued 76 trafficked women victims, most of them natives of Cebu, Samar, Leyte and Bicol regions.
Charges for violation of Republic Acts 9208 and RA 10364, the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012, were filed against the two and the alleged owners of the bar -- Kim Yoo Shik and Kim Hyun Goo -- and their Filipina “dummy”, identified as Mary Grace delos Santos Santos.
The whereabouts of the two Koreans and Santos, who remain at large for two months now, have yet to be determined by authorities.
Sworn statement of the rescued victims to the NBI reveals that each female entertainer receive only P200 per night as wage and gets P1,300 “bar fine commission” if a customer brings her outside for sex.
Documents obtained by Journal Group showed that Kim Yooshik, who was born on Sept. 20, 1968, is using a Korean passport that already expired last August 27.
The former owner of Arcadia Bar, Lidelma Capila, already notified Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente about Kim Yooshik’s status through a letter received by the bureau last October 2.
Kim Yooshik was able to obtain a non-professional driver’s license from the Land Transportation Office that is valid until 2022.
The City Prosecutor’s Office here has recommended the detention of Doinog and Plarisan and directed a regular preliminary investigation for the at large Kim Yoo Shik, Kim Hyun Goo and Santos.
A source said Kim Yooshik, who has no valid passport and considered illegally staying in the Philippines, had been hiding in this city and Metro Manila.