29 trafficked POGO workers rescued in Parañaque City

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 1) — The Philippine National Police (PNP) has rescued 29 Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO) employees who are alleged victims of human trafficking.

The PNP said the POGO workers—23 Myanmar and six Chinese nationals—were rescued at a village in Tambo, Parañaque City last Thursday.

Authorities are now coordinating with concerned government agencies to identify and interview the rescued workers.

PNP Chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr. said the rescue operation was conducted following a complaint on the alleged exploitation of the POGO employees.

Meanwhile, the government is expected to start the deportation of nearly 300 illegal POGO workers this month—including 281 Chinese nationals under government custody, those who are overstaying, and those working in POGOs that have stopped paying taxes.