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Immigration agents nab Korean fugitive operating prostitution racket in PH.

By Jun Ramirez

A Korean fugitive wanted by authorities in Seoul for running a prostitution racket that caters to Korean tourists in the Philippines has been arrested by officers of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) at the Clark International Airport in Pampanga.

In a report to Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, OIC Deputy Commissioner and BI Port Operations Division Chief Marc Red Marinas identified the Korean as Hong Yong, 44, who was apprehended Wednesday afternoon upon his attempt to board an Asiana Airlines flight to Seoul.

He was immediately brought to the BI Detention Facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City pending his deportation.

The Korean was arrested after the immigration officer noticed that his name appeared in the BI watchlist of wanted alien fugitives.

According to BI Spokesperson Dana Krizia Sandoval, Hong is the subject of a watchlist order issued on January 18 this year following reports from the Korean Embassy that Hong is wanted in Korea for "arranging the sexual traffic" of Korean tourists.

Hong allegedly enticed Koreans to visit the Philippines by sending pictures of prostitutes that would entertain them upon their arrival in the Philippines. Their trips were reportedly arranged by a local travel agency based in Pampanga allegedly owned and operated by Hong and his associates.

Investigation also revealed that Hong ran his prostitution business by using a villa with a private pool on a golf course as a front, which he advertises to prospective customers via the Internet.

It is said that Hong would text his clients to ask them to choose a woman from the pictures shown online, and remit to his bank account 200,000 Korean won as initial payment.


(Pixabay / Manila Bulletin)

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Title Annotation:Luzon
Publication:Manila Bulletin
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Date:May 28, 2018
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