Brothel Authorities raided a Nueva Vizcaya videoke bar involved in prostitution. Photo courtesy of the NBI Public Information Office

21 rescued from ‘brothel’ in Nueva Vizcaya; 2 nabbed

August 15, 2022 Hector Lawas 111 views

THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) rescued 21 women from a suspected brothel in Nueva Vizcaya just recently.

In a statement, the NBI-Bayombong District Office (NBI-BAYDO) also nabbed two of the establishment’s employees during an entrapment operation.

The operation stemmed from information received by NBI-BAYDO claiming that Sunrise Videoke Bar was being used as a “prostitution den” where guest relation officers (GROs) were allegedly being offered to male patrons for a fee ranging from P1,500 to P3,000.

NBI-BAYDO immediately conducted a surveillance operation, which confirmed the information that the bar was offering their GROs for “sexual” services.

After proper coordination with local authorities, NBI-BAYDO, together with a state prosecutor, social workers, and personnel of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT), swooped down on Sunrise Bar in Barangay Sta. Rosa, Bayombong, for an entrapment operation.

The operation led to the rescue of the women, and the arrest of the suspects, while the bar owner wasn’t around during the operation.

The suspects were brought for an inquest before the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya, for violation of Republic Act No. 9208, otherwise known as “Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003” as amended by R.A. 10364 and R.A. 11862.

The owner was likewise charged with the same offense.