THE National Bureau of Investigation-Pampanga District Office (NBI-PAMDO) recently apprehended a Chinese national in connection with allegations of facilitating the “door-to-door delivery” of Filipino women to foreign clients for sexual services.
Identified as Shen Xianbian, the suspect was taken into custody in Angeles City, Pampanga, and was subsequently presented for inquest before the Angeles City Prosecutor’s Office on charges of violating Republic Act No. 9208, also known as the “Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012,” as amended by R.A. 10364.
The NBI-PAMDO initiated the operation based on information provided by a confidential informant, who reported that a Chinese national was offering sexual services of women through the Telegram platform.
Digital surveillance conducted by NBI-PAMDO verified the accuracy of the information, confirming that Filipino women were indeed being offered to foreign clients for a fee ranging from P10,000 to P15,000 per individual for overnight sexual encounters.
To gather evidence, an NBI-PAMDO agent fluent in Chinese posed as a client and contacted the suspect through Telegram. The agent received pictures of women who were being offered for sexual services.
The suspect further claimed that he could provide door-to-door delivery of the women within Angeles City and the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga.
Xianbian agreed to meet the undercover NBI agent at a hotel in Angeles City to deliver the women.
On May 23, NBI-PAMDO operatives proceeded to the designated location where Xianbian was scheduled to deliver three women.
Upon the exchange of the agreed payment, NBI operatives promptly apprehended Xianbian and rescued the trafficked women.
Investigations revealed that the group had been using the Telegram messaging app to advertise photographs of women available for prostitution, allowing male clients to select and book their preferred individuals.
Only foreign customers were reportedly allowed to make such bookings.