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MANILA, Philippines—Philippine officials in the United States will visit this week the two Filipino women rescued from a Saudi diplomat’s house in Virginia in a suspected human trafficking case, the Philippine embassy in Washington D.C. said on Saturday.

In a statement to the Inquirer, the embassy said Consul General Ariel Peñaranda asked the “US agencies concerned” on Friday (Saturday in Manila) to allow a consular visit to the rescued women.

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A Quezon City court has convicted a pimp for peddling eight women for sexual services.

Jerome Zamora was sentenced to life imprisonment and ordered to pay a fine of P2 million.

He was found guilty of violating Republic Act 9208 or the Anti-Human Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003.

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MANILA, Philippines - Two women were arrested by the Manila Police District yesterday for allegedly promising fresh college graduates in San Jacinto, Pangasinan jobs as chambermaids and waiters in Bahrain.

At least 15 persons filed complaints against Ligaya Regala, 43, and Noemi Parayno, 44. Regala claimed she works at the Al-Masiya Overseas Placement Agency in Malate.

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Former UBS AG (UBSN) Executive Director Juerg Buergin was convicted of two charges of having paid sex with an underage prostitute in Singapore, with the judge saying that mistaking a minor's age isn't a defense.

Singapore's laws impose a higher standard of care to prevent the sexual exploitation of minors, subordinate court Judge Eddy Tham said today. Buergin, who could be jailed for as long as seven years and fined for each charge, will be sentenced on May 8.

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MANILA, Philippines - The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) rescued 14 girls and a boy, believed forced to engage in cybersex by an Australian national in Cebu City last Friday.

NBI Director Nonnatus Caesar Rojas identified the suspect as Drew Shobbrook, alias Dean Fred Hoban, of 96 A. Lopez Street, Labangon, Cebu City.

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THE Philippines will lead a two-day conference to discuss human trafficking in Southeast Asia and ways to combat the problem at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Ortigas Center starting today.

Representatives from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member-countries Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam are set to join Philippine officials in discussing the development of a legal instrument to demonstrate ASEAN's commitment to combat human trafficking, said Undersecretary Felizardo M. Serapio, the senior Philippine representative to the ASEAN on Transnational Crime.

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