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    MORE than 500 undocumented foreign workers, majority of them Chinese, were nabbed on Wednesday night by a joint immigration-police team in a raid on an illegal business process outsourcing company in Pasay City.

    Raided was the Millenium Building on NAIA Road at about 9:40 p.m. that resulted in the arrest of 542 foreigners – 412 males and 100 females.

    Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said majority of the 542 were Chinese (442), followed by 23 Vietnamese, 25 Malaysians, three Indonesians, 45 Burmese and four Taiwanese.

    “They were arrested for working without permit and for being undocumented aliens,” Morente said.

    Initial investigation showed the foreigners were involved in offshore telecommunications investment fraud victimizing foreigners.

    “The foreigners were involved in some sort of telecommunications fraud, similar to budol-budol. But their victims are mostly from mainland China,” BI Intelligence Division chief Fortunato Manahan Jr. said.

    The foreigners are detained at the NCRPO headquarters in Bicutan, Taguig while their deportation papers are being processed.

    Meanwhile, Metro police chief Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar has ordered police to identify and arrest the local protectors of prostitution dens that cater to mostly Chinese clients.

    He said Metro chiefs of police must coordinate with the National Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Immigration to unmask and put behind bars the protectors of thee prostitutions dens, saying the maintainers of these dens will not have the guts to operate without the “blessing” of local officials.

    Last Sept. 19, the NCRPO raided the Manila Wellness Spa at the 3rd floor of Diamond Bay Tower on Roxas Blvd. in Paranaque City that led to the rescue of 51 Chinese female alleged sex workers, and arrest of 13 Chinese maintainers, and 18 Chinese clients.

    Early this week, police also raided a prostitution den at the Maxx Hotel in Makati City where 35 sex workers were rescued.

    In Pampanga, police raided two prostitution dens operated by Koreans which led to the rescue to 10 sex workers on Tuesday. – With Raymond Africa and Rod Lagusad