Pub owner got aunt to pose as lover

Pub owner got aunt to pose as lover

Come to Singapore to work as a pub entertainer and you could earn a weekly commission of 20,000 pesos (S$570).

A Filipino model claimed that when she received this offer, it was too tempting to turn down as the money would help her parents and her four-year-old son. She was allegedly told that she could choose to have sex with customers.

Now, Singaporean pub owner Robin James Chua, his Filipino girlfriend, Fraulline May Soria, and her aunt, Lurlie Soria, are facing charges of human trafficking in the Philippines.

The trio and the model, Ms Jeremay Buenaventura, 22, were interviewed by immigration authorities as they were leaving for Singapore at Mactan-Cebu International Airport in Cebu last month.

The authorities became suspicious when the four gave inconsistent statements. They arrested Chua and his two alleged accomplices.

They are now facing charges under the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003 and the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1996.

Court documents revealed that they were not licensed or authorised to recruit Filipino workers for overseas employment.

They are accused of trying to recruit women through means or use of fraud or deception, and taking advantage of their vulnerability under the pretext of overseas employment, without licence or authority, for the purpose of exploitation.

The court documents said Ms Buenaventura, an events model, was introduced to Fraulline Soria after she had told her manager about wanting to work abroad as a model.

On Oct 7, she met Soria and Chua.

Five other women hoping to work in Singapore were also at the meeting. Ms Buenaventura, who was named in court documents as the victim-complainant, said Soria offered her a job as an entertainer in Chua's pub.

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