Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) has not been faring well lately due to constant pressure from the authorities. Although the past few weeks have been relatively calm, new events that could once again stir the relationships between government and the operators have risen.
The Philippine Daily Inquirer reports that Makati Police have located a brothel that works only with Chinese POGO employees.
National Capital Region Police Office – Regional Special Operations Unit (NCRPO-RSOU) secured the area on September 4th. The Special Forces rescued six Vietnamese women from captivity and arrest two Chinese women, Kuang Meiting and Li Xiumei who are suspected to be the ringleaders of this operation. Also many Chinese and Malayan women were found out “working” there, providing service specifically for Chinese POGO employees. A man could pay $86 to enjoy the woman’s company in the brothel or $173 to take a girl out with him.
“We should check the increasing number of foreigners in the country so we could prevent them from committing crimes in our country, especially if it involves preying on women who were brought here to become sex slaves,” Police Maj. Gen Guillermo Eleazar said.
The suspects are all detained by local authorities, while the victims are on their way home. Human trafficking is a big issue in the country and it has been known that POGO industry, at least illegal one, exploits that.
Since POGO’s are becoming a problem in the Philippines, it is just a matter of time before President Rodrigo Duterte decides to tighten the noose around them.