Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has lauded the Quezon City Police District for its relentless drive against spa and massage parlors offering “extra service” to customers.
“We thank the QCPD for its untiring and relentless campaign to rid our city of illicit massage parlors,” said Belmonte, who recently ordered the QCPD to launch a massive crackdown against the illegal activity of some massage parlors in the city.
The crackdown recently yielded more results following the raids and closure of two more establishments allegedly offering sexual favors to customers.
Quezon City Police District Station 11 in Galas raided Intensecity Spa that serves as front for prostitution along E. Rodriguez cor. Hemady St. on Sunday (Feb. 16), where they rescued three female and three male therapists, one female receptionist, and three male personnel.
Police Major Bernardo Pascua Jr., acting Station 11 commander, said the raid was conducted with the Department for Women, Children and Persons with Disabilities, Women and Children Protection Desk, Social Services and Development Department, Quezon City General Hospital, and Business Permits and Licensing Department as part of the team.
In his spot report, Pascua said the station received several reports from concerned customers that the spa was being used as prostitution den.
Authorities turned over four female massage therapists to the custody of the SSDD while appropriate charges will be filed against the registered owner of the place before the Quezon City Prosecutor Office.
On Valentine’s Day, elements of QCPD Station 2, together with representatives from the four city departments and the hospital, raided Inflorscense Spa along Roosevelt Avenue in Barangay. San Antonio.
Police Lieutenant Colonel Rodrigo Soriano, Station 2 commander, said they conducted the raid after receiving information from concerned customers the establishment was also offering “extra service.”
Authorities raided the establishment around 10 p.m. after an undercover police officer posing as customer confirmed the illegal activity.
Nine female massage therapists were rescued from the establishment, while charges for violation of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2002 are being readied against the owner, Ivie Estor Haller, who is at large.