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More ‘Walking Street’ women rescued

The rescue operation is a strong message that the PNP conducts operations to curb all forms of criminality nationwide.

Jonas Reyes

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ANGELES CITY, Pampanga — After the recent rescue of 52 women victims of human trafficking, the police rescued 35 more at the infamous Fields Avenue, also known as Walking Street, here.

Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) director Brig. Gen Valeriano de Leon said operatives also apprehended five suspects, including the manager and a make-up artist, during a rescue operation at Sensation Gogo Bar in Barangay Balibago on Saturday. The women were caught performing naked.

The alleged bar owner, Retchard Yongco, eluded arrest.

“The rescue operation was a strong message that the PNP conducts operations to curb all forms of criminality nationwide,” De Leon said.

Walking Street, a main road here, is where patrons choose adult restaurants and bar. It was named after a similar strip in a red-light district in Pattaya, Thailand. It is closed to vehicular traffic at night.

Patrons said Japanese and Korean bars are the most expensive.

“Overpriced, overrated, confusing costs. Fields Avenue is only about how much money can be extracted from you by overpaid average dancers,” one tourist posted on a travel website.

“Glad I took the side trip but don’t know if I would ever return. As others have so rightly stated, the place is just a hustle,” another foreign national stated.

Still, other visitors said they enjoyed what Walking Street had to offer, citing the locals’ hospitality.

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