• Human trafficking ring in Pangasinan busted

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    Ninety-five women were rescued and at least seven suspected members of a human trafficking syndicate were arrested Monday by members of the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC) in Lingayen, Pangasinan.

    Authorities said the human trafficking ring recruits Filipino women to work as online prostitutes for Japanese men. The PAOCC-initiated operation was conducted by joint operatives of the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) and the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) in coordination with the local police, the Department of Social Welfare and Development and barangay officials.

    Arrested were Japanese Takayuki Umeda, Erlinda Tandoc, Leonora Ceralde, Josephine Gille, Rafael Tandoc, and two still unidentified Japanese nationals.

    The operatives raided the office of Kame Hachi Corp. operated by Umeda following a month-long investigation. Seized during the operation were 99 computers, seven laptops, a magnum caliber, and a safety deposit box containing P692,520.

    Chief Supt. Reginald Villasanta, PAOCC executive director, said Umeda, the suspected leader of the syndicate, and his group reportedly recruited young females via social media, job fairs, walk-in applications, and pimps.

    “The recruits were supposedly employed as English language tutors to search and befriend male Japanese clients through social networking sites like Facebook and Skype,” Villasanta said.

    He said Japanese men were then encouraged to enroll in the English classes offered by the company through its English Tutorial Services Provider that maintains a website.

    “As part of the group’s modus operandi, the hired English tutors chat with male clients and sprinkle the conversation with sex to convince them to travel to the Philippines,” Villasanta said.

    He added that Umeda has a history of illegal recruitment activities in the past.

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    1. Try to gather more information before you accused somebody. I worked with them for 2yrs. and the thing they did for us is to protect us against Japanese citizen who just want to get some advantage. This Japanese national that you are accusing is one of foreign investor in our own country and helping us to promote the tourism in Lingayen, Pangasinan. One thing that they should consider is not to be a one sided in this situation. Maybe those ladies( previous teachers) who made complaints about the company didn’t met the satisfaction of the management. Common think about it 95 professional teachers were currently working at this company with a Bachelors Degree holder do you think they will destroy their own dignity?? Plus the parents of this teachers are open of what kind of job those there daughter has. My countrymen read the comments of all Japanese students who were hurt because of your wrong accusation.

      Takayuki Umeda is not an illegal recruiter, they worked with accredited agency. We know him very well and we will support him until the end.

    2. I am one of those Japanese students. I have been taking lessons from the teachers for a year and 4 month so far. But I did not encounter eny of strange or suspicious thing in our classes. Yes I am totally sure they are innocense! I really admire them of their way of life. Because they are striving in their lives diligently in proper way as they dedicate to their family, religion, study and the job! It makes me think how world will be hopeful if most of the people live life as like they do! On our lessnons, we have been discussing various topics as we exchange our opinions and try to cheer up each other all the time! All of them have good manners and common senses. It made me have a big faith in them. No one who acquaints them can associate them with any unsocial behaviors. They are the hopes who can change the corrupting world as they really want to have it some day! Actually They are seriously depressed by this malicious false accusation! The false accsators will have to pay for this in near future. It is unforgivable whoever presumes and calls them as prostitutes. As a studend and a friend of them, I really wish the truth will vindicate their honor and reveal some malicious act as soon as possible! they can not be stigmatized by this total nonsense! God bless them!

    3. Takayuki Umeda, nicknamed Komodo, is a well known pimp and trafficker of young women from PI. He was acquitted of 18 charges in US federal court in 2005 in Saipan, CNMI, where he owns or operates clubs for a sex trafficking cartel and also owns buildings there that could possibly be seized. The previous charges included underage girls.