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9 women from Yolanda-hit areas rescued from prostitution ring in Caloocan

At least nine women from areas hit by super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) were rescued from a prostitution ring in Caloocan City Thursday night.

National Bureau of Investigation agents also arrested five suspected pimps in the operation near a hotel at 2nd Avenue, radio dzBB's Roland Bola reported.

Government agents said some of those rescued may be minors.

The NBI's Anti-Human Trafficking Division said it had been conducting surveillance on the ring.

An initial investigation showed the pimps would look for customers near the hotel, and arrange for them to check in with the women at the establishment.

Yolanda devastated the Visayas in November 2013, leaving more than 6,000 dead.

A separate report by GMA News' Katrina Son on "Unang Balita" said the hotel believed used in the operation may lack proper permits.

The "Unang Balita" report said one of the suspected pimps admitted to operating for five months, supposedly getting a P100 commission for every P600 transaction. — Joel  Locsin /LBG, GMA News