Eight Nigerian students who allegedly hired Filipina minors as prostitutes have been arrested Wednesday night by the Police.
Six Filipina minors were rescued from the Manila Manor Hotel in Malate, when the National Police’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group raided the area.
The Nigerian nationals are identified as Lucky Nelson, 24; Dumalo Gbue, 25; Yerebbari Neemana, 29; Owki Baknanawe, 29; Sundah Korobriowei Mathew, 29; Gabriel Tekena, 28; Worlo Enyi, 25; Mark Jack, 24.
Director Samuel Pagdilao, head of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, CIDG, said the arrest of the eight foreigners stemmed from an emailed complaint sent Wednesday to the website of the CIDG’s Project Angel Net by a certain Cecilia Salvador who claimed that her 14-year old daughter and five other minors were being sold to the suspects for sexual services at the Manila Manor Hotel. She sought the CIDG’s assistance for the rescue of her daughter.
Salvador personally appeared at the CIDG headquarters and accompanied agents in the operation at the Manila Manor Hotel.
CIDG operatives launched their operation Wednesday night by staking out the suspects near the hotel while they were negotiating with the victims with a handler identified as Emma Cruz of Mabini Avenue for P1,500 each.
Pagdilao said Salvador immediately recognized one of the victims being paired with one of the suspects as her 14-year old daughter prompting the lawmen to make the arrests. Cruz managed to escape arrest and is still being hunted.
Charges for violation of the Anti-violence Against Women and Children Law and the Anti-human Trafficking in Person Law are being prepared against the suspects, he added.
Philippine women are vulnerable to trafficking due to the Asian economic crisis.