Philippines to deport 19 Russian women arrested at Pampanga nightclub for lack of work permit

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Manila, Philippines – Bureau of Immigration (BI) operatives have arrested 19 Russian women at a Pampanga nightclub for working without the required employment visas.

Two Korean nationals believed to be the women’s recruiters and employers were also arrested during the operation conducted on Wednesday night by BI intelligence agents in Angeles City, according to Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente on Friday.

Morente identified the Koreans as Jeong Seonghun and Lee Kyurak who were working as the club’s cashier and manager, respectively.

The BI chief said the arresting team caught the women in the act of working as guest relations officers inside the Club Angel in Clark Field, Angeles City.

“They will all be deported for working without visas and for other immigration offenses,” said Morente, adding the nightclub engages in prostitution that catered to customers who were charged an hourly rate of P1,500 for the women’s services.

BI intelligence officer Jude Hinolan, who led the arresting team, said the two Koreans are both overstaying foreigners who arrived several months ago and did not bother to extend their stay as tourists.

All 19 Russian women also arrived as tourists and that nine of them were also overstaying in the country, the BI said.

Hinolan said they have recommended the filing of charges for violation of the anti-trafficking law against the two Koreans as they were the ones who supposedly facilitated the entry of the Russian women into the country.

All 21 foreigners are currently detained at the BI detention facility in Camp Bagong Diwa pending deportation proceedings that will be initiated against them. 

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