Human trafficking probe: S'porean faces fresh allegations over 6 Filipinas

Human trafficking probe: S'porean faces fresh allegations over 6 Filipinas
Mr Robin James Chua (inset), 47, is suspected of illegal recruitment and human trafficking.

A SINGAPOREAN being investigated in the Philippines for human trafficking faces fresh allegations of wrongdoing for bringing in six Filipinas to work in his Tanjong Pagar pub.

Mr Robin James Chua, 47, is suspected of illegal recruitment and human trafficking "because he is not authorised to recruit Filipinos to Singapore", said Cebu assistant city prosecutor Liceria Lofranco-Rabillas on Thursday.

"There may also have been abuse or prostitution," she said.

Ms Rabillas added that the six were in Singapore in 2011 on a tourist visa, and had not registered with the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency as required by the laws of the country.

This was allegedly instigated by Mr Chua and his then-wife, Filipina Dolores Yamson Salvado.

The case of the six women came to light last month when Ms Rabillas' office wrote to the Philippine Embassy here to inquire about earlier complaints against Mr Chua.

It did so after he was stopped from leaving for Singapore at Mactan-Cebu International Airport on Oct 12 with Ms Jeremay Buenaventura, 22, suspected to be a victim of human trafficking.

His alleged accomplices in this case were his Filipina girlfriend Fraulline May Soria and her aunt Lurlie Soria.

According to Singapore official records, Mr Chua was married twice here, and has been the director and managing director of Rapids PRD pub since 2005.

The Philippines' National Bureau of Investigation had been monitoring Mr Chua, who has been a frequent visitor since 2006.

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