Some Makati hotels monitored for prostitution links: police official

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 28 2020 03:35 PM

Authorities rescue women inside a hotel allegedly used as a prostitution den in Makati City. ABS-CBN News/file

MANILA -- Authorities are monitoring several hotels in Makati City that are allegedly being used to host sex workers and their Chinese expatriate patrons, a police official said Tuesday. 

The surveillance covers 5 to 10 hotels where pimps rent rooms for 2 weeks up to 1 year, said Major Gideon Ines, chief of the Makati Police Intelligence Unit. He did not name the hotels.

“Dun na rin sila gagamit. Dun na rin sila magbabayad (The transactions happen there)," he said.

Ines urged the Senate to craft regulation aimed at questionable bookings in hotels, and establish a mechanism wherein tourist establishments will be required to coordinate with authorities when crimes are alleged to have happened in their establishments.

The Senate panel will consider Ines' suggestions, alongside other petitions to regulate Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations (POGO), where many Chinese expatriates work, Senate Committee on Women, Children, Family Relations and Gender Equality chair Risa Hontiveros said.

The committee needs to look at these POGOs as an industry and business to see if the "economic benefits the country gets from it outweighs the social costs," she said.