A Korean national has been caught for human trafficking charges in Mindanao, the Bureau of Immigrant (BI) said.
In an advisory, BI Acting Intelligence Division Chief Fortunato Manahan Jr. identified the foreigner as Suc Joo Chang a.k.a. Seok Choi, who was arrested last June 13 by operatives of the bureau’s Mindanao Intelligence Task Group (MITG) in General Santos City, South Cotabato.
The foreigner, who overstayed here in the country, allegedly lured into prostitution 22 Filipinas employed as bargirls in a nightclub which he owned and operated.
He was apprehended on the strength of a mission order issued by Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente after the said establishment has been raided.
The operation resulted in the rescue of 22 women who were employed as bar girls. The women were allegedly made to dance naked and perform obscene acts onstage.
The suspect is presently detained at the BI's holding facility in Davao.
Morente then has ordered the initiation of deportation proceedings against the Korean for overstaying and being an undesirable alien.
It was learned that the foreigner failed to extend his stay in the country when his tourist visa expired last January 19.
The BI chief noted that the Korean's possible deportation will not yet be implemented while waiting for the resolution of his pending criminal case.
“If convicted, he will have to serve his sentence first before we can deport him. Afterwards, we will place him in our blacklist to prevent him from returning to the Philippines,” Morente said.
“Aliens who prey on our poor women by forcing them into prostitution do not deserve the privilege to stay in the country,” he added. (with reports from PNA)