– Caught in investigation launched after complaint by Korean tourist who was offered sexual services.
By Hader Glang
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – Philippine police have arrested four South Koreans who allegedly ran a website offering sex tour packages in the Philippines’ Central Visayas region.
The Inquirer.net reported Sunday that Wongun Ji, Dong Jun Lee, Jung Hyun Kim and Gangil Jeung were arrested in two separate entrapment operations in Cebu city for operating a website under the guise of a travel agency.
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) launched the case following a complaint by a Korean tourist, who said he had used the tour package service supplied by the suspects, but was surprised by the offer of sexual services.
The informant reportedly met with the woman in an entrapment operation Thursday, during which he paid her $150 while she was accompanied by Kim.
The NBI says it obtained marked money from the suspects, who also offered them P2 million (around $44,800) in exchange for their release, according to the news website.
Authorities recovered evidence such as desktop computers, cellphones, identification cards, and documents from a condominium unit occupied by the men.
Charges against the four suspects, who are currently being held in an NBI cell in Cebu, will be filed Monday.
Authorities are verifying the identity of a certain Peter Lim, the men’s alleged local contact.
The woman involved in the tour package offer is set to be turned over to social workers.
South Korean Consul General Lee Ki-seog has expressed his shock over the arrests.
He told Cebu Daily News over the phone that he would meet with Korean consuls to discuss how to assist their countrymen, while respecting the Philippines’ laws and justice system.
“This incident is shocking. I know that human trafficking is a very serious offense here in the Philippines,” he said.