MANILA – The NBI conducted a raid on an upscale KTV bar in Malate, Manila in the pre-dawn hours of Thursday, rescuing 50 Filipino and foreign females in the process.
The NBI noted that at least ten of those rescued from the bar which caters to “high-end” clients are minors.
According to the investigative bureau, the bar is “not an ordinary” one, as its clientele is comprised of big spending foreigners, most of whom are Korean and Chinese nationals, who spend huge sums of money on the bar’s costly food and drinks in the establishment’s “lavish” VIP rooms.
The NBI added that some of the KTV bar’s female staff members were being pimped to clients for sexual acts.
On the other hand, the foreigners who happened to be at the bar when the raid was conducted sharply criticized the NBI; with one Chinese national alleging that his wife was among the women taken by the agents.
Charges of child abuse and human trafficking will be levied against the KTV bar’s owner and employees, the NBI said.