The Korean and his girlfriend at CIDG-Olongapo field unit. Photo courtesy of CIDG
CASTILLEJOS, Zambales — Joint operatives of the Olongapo and Zambales CIDG Field Units, 301st Maritime Police Station and Castillejos police arrested a Korean national and his Filipina girlfriend for alleged illegal recruitment and human trafficking.
The couple were identified as Kim Tae Hyoung and Cynthia D. Raboy. The operation was in response to numerous complaints received by the Castillejos police that a Korean national and his Filipina girlfriend in their locality were allegedly recruiting jobseekers who have graduated from Korean language school and seeking green pasture in South Korea.
According to the victims, Hyoung introduced himself as representative from Hyundai South Korea who was looking for Filipino workers to be sent to the said country.
However, they were obliged to pay Hyoung an amount of P40,000 as placement fee which, they said, they already paid last February.
Acting on the said complaint, Major Joe Louis I. Lo, acting chief of police of Castillejos, referred the case to the CIDG for investigation and immediate action.
During the initial investigation of the CIDG it was found out that one of the complainants still has a pending transaction with Hyoung.
This prompted Major Michael John Villanueva, CIDG Olongapo chief, to set an entrapment operation against the Hyoung.
During investigation it was found out that suspect Hyoung was also posted in the social media dated November 18, 2019 alleging him to be “a fraud and a scammer who victimized more than 200 people in Capiz.”
The CIDG is now validating the said social media post.
The operatives also arrested Raboy as an accessory who assisted the suspect during the commission of the crime.
The two suspects are now under custody of Olongapo CIDG-CFU while charges are being prepared against them for violations of RA 8042 as amended by RA10022 (Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995) and RA 9028 (Human Trafficking of Persons Act of 2009).