In one of the latest post of Senator Risa Hontiveros Facebook Page, it discloses the senator’s investigation on POGO-related sex trade market operating under the authorities’ noses.
It said, “Our volunteers were able to infiltrate secret Chinese chatgroups online. Ito ang ilan sa mga nasa WeChat at Telegram.
May menu of services, parang restoran! Yung mga babae parang inoorder lang sa app ng mga Chinese members ng group na ito – parang Grabfood, may menu, may presyo, then darating na lang sa hotel o condo mo.
Kailangan na nating umaksyon. I am to looking into the suspension of POGO operations because they bring in crimes and they hurt our girls.”
Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators or POGOs are online gambling firms which operates in the Philippines but caters to customers outside the country. To operate legality they must be licensed by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).
The Senate will look into the possible involvement of some accredited travel agencies in the alleged trafficking of women who are being used to cater to the sexual needs of Chinese workers in the POGO industry.