Korean online prostitution ring leader arrested in Pampanga

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DAVAO CITY — Operatives from the Bureau of Immigration arrested on Wednesday morning a Korean wanted in his home country for operating an online prostitution advertising site.

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente announced the arrest of Seo Jungnam, 41, in an operation conducted in Amor Riverside Anunas, Angeles City, Pampanga by operatives of the BI’s Fugitive Search Unit (BI FSU).

The operation, in coordination with Korean authorities, was conducted upon receipt of information that Seo is a fugitive in Korea, with an Interpol Seoul Notice issued this December.

According to BI FSU Chief Bobby Raquepo, Seo has been in the country since 2015, and is a suspect in a sexual exploitation and prostitution case in Korea for allegedly placing prostitution advertisements online, as well as in business areas.

An arrest warrant was issued against him by the Uijeongbu District Court in Korea in 2018.

Seo, along with other accomplices, reportedly earned a profit of approximately 32M Korean Won or 1.3M Pesos by operating the online prostitution site under the name Playboy.

“We received information from our Korean counterparts that Seo’s passport is also undergoing revocation, making him an undocumented alien,” Raquepo shared.

Subject will be presented to the BI’s Legal Division for inquest, and shall be turned over to the BI’s Warden Facility in Taguig following Covid-19 testing.-Newsline

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