• PNP busts human trafficking ring

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    OPERATIVES of the Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group have busted a Chinese-led human trafficking ring in Cebu City.

    Chief Supt. Reginald Villasanta, executive director of the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission, on Sunday identified the alleged ringleader as Mei Yi, owner of Filipina Heart Internet Consultant.

    The raiding team also arrested the manager of the call center, Joy Vitor, after rescuing 13 people including seven women.

    The suspects were charged for violating Republic Act 10364, or the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act.

    The syndicate, according to Villasanta, arranges marriages of Filipinas to foreign clients through the Internet.

    “This is actually another version of a mail-order bride but this time, the syndicate is involved in trafficking persons and attracts foreign clients by allowing them to view sexy photos of Filipino women for a fee,” he added.

    Villasanta said the group earns money by asking their foreign clients to pay using their credit card accounts.

    The raiding team, he added, seized different online equipment, including 35 computer sets that contained pictures of women supposedly looking for foreign husbands.

    “They allow their foreign clients, mostly businessmen from Western countries, to access their account and view sexy Filipina models. Once a client finds a prospective wife, the syndicate arranges his trip to meet his future wife in person,” Villasanta said.

    The raid was part of Operation Jolly Cupid that supports the government’s ongoing campaign against online pornography victimizing women and children, which has drawn the ire of the international community.

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