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Singaporean arrested in human trafficking raid in the Philippines

Publication Date : 20-07-2014


A Singaporean and 13 Filipinos were arrested on Friday in a police raid on a suspected human trafficking den in a city south of the capital Manila.

Police Chief Inspector Elizabeth Jasmin, a spokesperson of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), said the Singaporean, Yvonne Phua, 55, was arrested with a Filipino couple, Michael Abellar and Joy Abellar, who were said to be operating an illegal recruitment firm in two office units inside a building in Las Pinas city.

Chief Inspector Jasmin told The Straits Times on Saturday that Phua liaised between her husband, who reportedly owns a maid agency in Singapore, and the Abellars.

Phua was charged on Saturday with human trafficking and illegal recruitment.


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