National Capital Region Police Office agents raid spa cum prostitution front

Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar

A SPA said to be a prostitution front was raided by agents of the Regional Special Operations Unit of the National Capital Region Police Office Saturday night in Sta. Mesa, Manila.

NCRPO director Major General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar said the raid on the Lavender Zen Spa located on D. Lubiran Street in Bacood, Sta.Mesa, at around 7:30 p.m. led to the arrest of May Genove, 22, operator of the spa.

The suspect was arrested shortly after she received the marked money from two undercover officers who paid for the “extra services” of the spa’s therapists.

Eleazar said the raid was prompted by complaints from local residents that the salon was being used as prostitution den. During surveillance, Genove was identified as the one who was offering the “extra service or all-the-way sex” of their therapists through phone calls and messages.

Eleazar said two women, one  19 years-old and the other  27-years-old were rescued during the operation. The two admitted that the establishment was offering “extra service” to their customers for P5,000, of which P1,000  reportedly goes to Genove.

The two added that they are required to attend to their work every day since an absence would charge them P500 a day.

The NCRPO chief said the RSOU team led by Major Dave Anthony Capurcos conducted the raid in coordination with the NCRPO Women and Children Protection Desk and the Manila Police District Station 8.

The suspect will be charged with Republic Act 10364 or an act expanding RA entitled “An act to Institute Policies to Eliminate Trafficking in Persons especially Women and Children, Establishing the Necessary institutional Mechanisms for the Protection and Support of Trafficked Persons, Providing Penalties for its Violations and for Other Purposes.”