ANGELES CITY – Regional police operatives arrested a Korean national for sex trafficking of a young Filipina last April 21 in Barangay Anunas here.
Brig. Gen. Rhodel Sermonia, Police Regional Office 3 director, identified the suspect as Younsu Na, 44, resident of Deca Clark Residences in Barangay Margot here.
The Korean is also facing charges for resisting arrest and disobedience to persons in authority after he tried to evade arrest and engaged the lawmen in a more than one hour chase that ended in Barangay Malabanias.
Operatives of the Regional Anti Trafficking Task Group 3 headed by Lt. Col. Ricardo Pangan conducted an entrapment operation against the Korean suspect after receiving reports that the latter was engaged in trafficking women by offering and bringing them to paying customers, mostly foreign nationals and tourists.
Through the help of an asset who can speak Korean, a poseur customer was able to negotiate with the suspect who agreed to bring a woman in front of Golden Hotel along Friendship Road in Barangay Anunas in exchange for P2,000.
Around 2 p.m., RATTG3 operatives positioned themselves along the area and waited for the Korean suspect who arrived on board a gray Toyota Innova with plate no. REK454. With him was a 21-year-old Filipina being offered for sex.
After the poseur customer handed the marked money to the suspect, he signalled the other operatives who quickly surrounded the vehicle.
But instead of giving himself up, the suspect resisted, revved up the engine and sped off.
Policemen who tried to block the vehicle were almost bumped by the fleeing suspect.
A chase ensued and the police operatives were able to corner the suspect but the suspect made a sudden maneuver and drove his vehicle backward fast, prompting lawmen to shoot the vehicle’s tires to prevent him from fleeing again.
But the Korean descended from his vehicle and ran on foot. He was finally caught after more than an hour with the help of Angeles City policemen and barangay officials and tanods of Malabanias.
Recovered from the suspect were the marked two P500 and one P1,000 bills.
The suspect and the rescued female victim were initially brought to the Regional Crime Laboratory for examination and later to the RATTG3 office for investigation and documentation.
The Korean is facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9208 as amended by RA 10364 (Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003), Resisting and Disobedience and Damage to Property.