“Minsanpupunta kami sa condo, minsan sahotel tapos pagkatapos namin magmasahe,mag-ooffer kami ng extra service na ibigsabihin makikipagtalik kami,” said Carina. Hontiveros, who chairs the Senate Committee on Women, Children, FamilyRelations and Gender Equality, presented at a livestreamed Senate probe thefindings of her investigation on the rescues of sexual trafficking victimsin Metro Manila. Carina also said she has a co-worker,14-year-old Shaina, who is still being pimped by the massage parlor ownerdespite being sick forcing the latter to runaway from the parlor. “We need to suspend the Visa Upon Arrivalscheme for Chinese nationals,” Hontiveros said. “Security threat na kasi ito sa atin: To our women and toour girls. Pati ‘yung mga sarili natingkababaihan at kabataan, nabibiktima na.” Hontiveros is studying the suspension ofall POGO operations in the country, while reviewing the economic implicationsas well as ensuring that there are safety nets in place to protect our womenand children. “Pinagamotnaman po si Shaina pero tumakas na posiya kasi hindi na po kaya,” Carina said. “Kasi kahit po may sakit, nilalakad pa din po sa mga customer.” “Maymenu of services, parang restaurant,” said Hontiveros. “‘Yung mga babae, parang inoorderlang sa app ng mga Chinese members ngchatgroup. Parang Grabfood, may menu, may presyo, then darating na lang sa hotel o condo mo.” Hontiveros added that some offer Chinesewomen for P10,000 per hour and Russian or Korean women overnight for P32,000and P45,000, respectively, as revealed in the conversations in chat groups. She added that the customers, usuallyChinese, Japanese, Korean and Indian nationals, pay the girls between P3,000and P7,000, half of which will be given to the massage parlor owner. The senator also urged the NationalBureau of Investigation and the Philippine National Police to conduct animmediate crackdown on POGO-related prostitution dens across the Philippines. “Hindipwedeng nagiging pugad tayo ng Chinese prostitution dens,” she added. “Pag nakikita ko sa TV ang mga babaeng nahuhuli sa raid na punong puno ng hiya at takot, isa langang tumatakbo sa isip ko: thisgirl is someone’s daughter. And we have failed her.” One of these victims shared heraffidavit at the probe under the alias Carina and via a video call fromelsewhere MANILA – Filipino girls, as well as traffickedChinese women, are being pimped like a food menu in prostitution densoften disguised as massage or spa facilities, Sen. Risa Hontiverosrevealed Tuesday. Sen. Risa Hontiveros In light of these revelations,Hontiveros called for the Bureau of Immigration to suspend its Visa UponArrival program for Chinese nationals, a scheme that has readily assisted therise of Chinese criminals in the country. Carina told the senators that a friendrecruited her to work as a masseuse in the massage parlor owned by a Chineseman and his Filipina wife before she was pimped to Chinese workers later on. Hontiveros said that there was a menu ofsex services catering to Chinese expatriates, who work mostly in offshoregaming operations, called POGOs by local authorities. She even claimed that some of the girlsare pimped on the Chinese super app WeChat using codes such as “new tea” forgirls and “fast food” for quickie sex. “Kailanganna nating umaksyon. We need to look into suspending POGO operations becausethey attract criminals into our country,” Hontiveros said./PN
ENGLAND’S Test against Ireland hangs in the balance despite nightwatchman Jack Leach’s 92 at Lord’s.His second-wicket stand of 145 with Jason Roy, who hit 72, looked to have nullified the damage of England being 85 all out in their first innings.But Leach, missing out on becoming the first England nightwatchman to make a Test century, was part of a collapse of 4-23 and 7-77.At 248-8, England were just 126 ahead, only for Sam Curran to launch an audacious counterattack of 37 from 21 balls.With Stuart Broad also battling to 21 not out, England had reached 303-9 – a lead of 181 – when the threat of lightning then rain ended the second day’s play.It sets up an intriguing finale, when Ireland – playing in only their third Test – will have the opportunity to pull off one of the greatest shocks of all-time.Even if England do not add any further runs this morning, the chase on a slow pitch and in conditions offering movement will be a tricky one.Still, should England’s bowlers save them once more, it will not mask the disappointment of such a substandard performance, just a week before the Ashes starts.The last three days at Lord’s have been extraordinary.First was that heart-stopping World Cup final, then England being bowled out before lunch on day one of this match, then, perhaps most unlikely of all, the runs made by Leach.His comfort at the crease made a mockery of the struggles of England’s recognised batsmen and the fact remains that, without him, England may have already lost this match.While England again contributed to their own problems, credit must be given to Ireland, who toiled in 37C heat when Leach and Roy were together.Although catches went down and batting was being made to look comfortable, Ireland stuck to their task with tenacity to avoid being batted out of the game.Regardless of the result today – either England being bowled to victory or Ireland pulling off the most famous of wins – another memorable day is in prospect. ENGLAND’S UNLIKELY HEROLeft-hander Leach, playing in his first home Test, batted at number 11 in the first innings yet found himself opening when England had to survive one over on Wednesday evening.Bespectacled, a sufferer of Crohn’s disease and with a previous highest score this season of nine, he was an unlikely batting hero but compiled an innings of patience, sound judgement and touches of class.When play began, Leach looked much more assured than the scratchy Rory Burns, who needlessly pushed at a wide ball to be caught behind off Boyd Rankin for only six.Leach enjoyed some fortune – on 64 he survived a very tough chance to leg slip and on 72 a much more straightforward catch was put down by wicketkeeper Gary Wilson, both off pace bowler Rankin.He played cuts and drives in the company of debutant Roy, who overcame a skittish start to time the ball sweetly and recapture his form of the World Cup.It was Roy who began the collapse, bowled playing a loose drive at Stuart Thompson, leaving Leach to inch towards history.He was dropped at second slip by Mark Adair off Tim Murtagh, only to be held by the same man later the same over and depart to a rousing ovation.ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER ENGLAND COLLAPSELeach had laid England a platform, one from which they failed to build, thanks to a repeat of some of Wednesday’s awful batting, Ireland’s persistence and a calamitous run-out.It was Joe Denly who fell victim when Joe Root sent him back, a gift to Ireland that was matched by the loose drives of Root and Chris Woakes, both caught behind off debutant Adair.By the time they fell, Jonny Bairstow was lbw to Adair to complete a pair and Moeen Ali poked Rankin behind. Both look horribly out of form before the Ashes.With England in danger of subsiding, Curran countered, flaying the ball through the off side and swatting a six over fine leg and one over long-off.He eventually played a shot too many and was caught at deep square leg off Thompson, leaving Broad to eke out more runs with last man Olly Stone until the weather intervened.ENGLAND 1st innings 85; Ireland 1st innings 207ENGLAND 2nd inningsJack Leach c Mark Adair b Tim Murtagh 92Rory Burns c Gary Wilson b Boyd Rankin 6Jason Royb Stuart Thompson 72Joe Denly run-out Kevin O’Brien 10Joe Root c Gary Wilson b Mark Adair 31Jonny Bairstow lbw Mark Adair 0Moeen Ali c Gary Wilson b Boyd Rankin 9Chris Woakes c Andrew Balbirnie b Mark Adair 13Sam Curran c James McCollum b Stuart Thompson 37Stuart Broad not out 21Olly Stone not out 0Extras: (b-1, lb-7, nb-4) 12Total: (9 wkts, 77.4 overs) 303Fall of wickets: 1-26, 2-171, 3-182, 4-194, 5-194, 6-219, 7-239, 8-248, 9-293.Bowling: Tim Murtagh 18-3-52-1, Mark Adair 20-7-66-3 (nb-1), Boyd Rankin 17-1-86-2 (nb-1), Stuart Thompson 12.4-0-44-2 (nb-2), Andy McBrine 10-1-47-0.