09/22/2011 | 06:06 PM
Eight foreign students from Nigeria were arrested Wednesday night for allegedly engaging in a sex trade involving female minors in Manila.
Director Samuel Pagdilao, head of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), said the foreigners were arrested inside a hotel in Manila.
The arrested Nigerians were 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;Authorities learned about the suspects’ illegal activities after receiving an e-mail complaint from the mother of one of the minors.”The [minors] were being sold to the suspects for sexual services at the… hotel. The complainant also sought the assistance of CIDG for the rescue of her daughter,” Pagdilao said in a statement.
In a rescue operation about 10 p.m. of Wednesday, CIDG operatives saw a certain Emma Cruz, believed to be the minors’ “handler,” negotiating with the Nigerians outside the hotel. Police said the victims were being peddled to the suspect for P1,500 each.
Authorities then arrested the Nigerians after the complainant-mother, who went along with the CIDG operatives, recognized one of the minors being “sold” as her 14-year-old daughter.
But the alleged “handler” eluded arrest, Pagdilao said.
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.
Pagdilao lauded the CIDG’s “Project ANgel Net,” a police campaign introduced by the CIDG to prevent children from becoming victims of cyber sex, cyber pornography, and other trafficking and sex trade-related abuses. — RSJ, GMA News