Fourteen Filipina workers were rescued by the Task Force Against Illegal Recruitment (Tfair) from suspected Korean human traffickers in the northern province of Nueva Ecija last week, Vice President Noli De Castro has said.
In a statement, De Castro said the women were found training for work as dancers and entertainers in Korea at a house located at Seville St., Primavera Homes, Aduas Norte, Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija.
The four Korean suspects were arrested in a separate operation by combined elements of the task force and the Bureau of Immigration in Pampanga on the same day.
De Castro said the suspects were arrested at the office of Yoojin Travel and Tours General Services Corp. at Unit B of Henson building at the corner of Nile St. and Friendship Highway in Angeles City.
He identified them as Yusuk Jeung a.k.a. Ricky Jung, Jong Wook Song aka Ivan, Youn Seok Jang aka Elvin Jang, and Bokdool Shinaka Rich Shin
Tfair operations chief Senior Supt. Gilberto Sosa said the four, led by Jang, used Yoojin Travel and Tours Gen. Services Corp. as front for their illegal activities.
Sosa said Tfair found that the Korean group had started operating in the country in May and had already illegally deployed three Filipina entertainers to Korea.
De Castro said the suspects have been brought to the Tfair office in Camp Crame, Quezon City for interrogation.
According to the Visayan Forum Foundation, Inc. (VFFI), the number of human trafficking cases in the Philippines doubled in the first half of 2009. [See: 'Human trafficking cases in RP doubled in 2009']
It said that in 2008, 90 human trafficking cases were lodged before Philippine courts. But from January to June in 2009, or only six months, the number jumped to almost 200. - Kimberly Jane T. Tan, GMANews.TV