Authorities rescued over 100 allegedly abused foreign and Filipino Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO) workers in Cainta, Rizal, John Consulta reported on 24 Oras Weekend.
The Bureau of Immigration and National Bureau of Investigation conducted an operation on Saturday to rescue workers who were allegedly tortured and held against their will by fellow foreigners.
The victims claimed they were not being paid, while one of the workers alleged that he was kidnapped and forced to work for the POGO. Others were promised free board, lodging, and a high salary for working 22 hours a day.
But even if they were forced to work long hours without being paid, the workers were still allegedly physically punished if they were caught sleeping on the job. Wounds were seen on a worker's back.
Suspect Lee Mengqiang, a Chinese national, denied harming the POGO workers.
Meanwhile, the NBI also discovered that the POGO's permit had expired but continued to operate.
The POGO's administrators faced kidnapping, serious illegal detention, physical injuries, and human trafficking charges. — Sherylin Untalan/DVM, GMA News