December 10, 2021 | 00h00
MANILA, Philippines – Police apprehended 37 Vietnamese citizens allegedly involved in credit card fraud during a raid in Makati on Tuesday evening.
The foreigners were arrested when officers from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group raided an apartment in Barangay Pio del Pilar at around 6:15 p.m., according to the head of the local National Capital Region office, Col. Randy Glenn Silvio.
Silvio said he carried out the operation based on reports that seven Filipinos were held against their will in the house.
Police rescued the victims, all women, who worked as data encoders for the Vietnamese.
One of the victims told investigators she was not allowed to leave the apartment, which served as a makeshift office for suspects.
A total of 37 Vietnamese, 23 women and 14 men were arrested during the operation.
Police said they confiscated 14 desktop computers, 49 black magnetic cards, 50 credit cards, 42 cell phones, photocopiers and eight ID cards.
CIDG said the suspects were allegedly involved in credit card fraud and other illegal online activity.
Vietnamese are detained by police for violating Republic Law 8484 or the Access Device Regulation Law.
Police said four of the suspects, namely Lo Thanh Xuan, 27; Nguyen Nu Tra Mi, 25; Huynh Van Phuc, 28, and Nguyen Ngok Sang Em, 29, are said to be the subject of a separate complaint for unlawful detention.