Palace seeks probe on Chinese-run sex trade

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 28 2020 03:15 PM

Malacañang orders authorities to investigate reports of prostitution catering Chinese expatriates and other foreign workers. File

MANILA- Authorities will investigate reports of prostitution catering to Chinese expatriates and other foreign workers, a Palace official said Tuesday as the Senate launched an investigation into the sex trade.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said the Palace would order the Philippine National Police to investigate the reports, noting that sex trade is a crime.

“We will have that investigated. If it is true then we will have to do something about it,” he told reporters.

Panelo’s comment comes after a Filipino teen on Tuesday told lawmakers that she was misled into prostitution that serviced Chinese expatriates and other foreigners.

Sen. Risa Hontiveros, who chairs the Committee on Women, Children, Family Relations and Gender Equality, even claimed that some of the girls are pimped on the Chinese super app WeChat using codes such as "new tea" for girls and "fast food" for quickie sex.

The Philippines in recent years saw an increase in the number of Chinese expatriates, who work mostly in offshore gaming operations, called POGOs by local authorities.