A Singaporean woman, Ms Wu Yan, 48, was rescued from a PRC Chinese kidnapping syndicate operating in the Philippines on Tuesday morning, thanks to the efforts of the Philippine National Police’s Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG) and a vigilant security guard.
According to an AKG spokesperson, Ms Wu had been gambling at the Solaire Resort and Casino in Pasay City when she was approached by strangers, who told her it was easier to win at the City of Dreams Casino Manila. The syndicate had been tailing her for 3 days when they approached her while she was down on her luck.
Ms Wu agreed, but she never made it to the casino. She was brought to Bayview International Towers condominium after she was forced into a taxi by 3 men and a women who belonged to the syndicate. She endured 4 days of captivity.
The Philippine National Police were alerted to Ms Wu’s kidnap by a relative of Ms Wu on Monday, 17 July. Police then traced the taxi that Ms Wu had been taken in, arriving at the condominium the night before she was rescued.
Ms Wu’s shouts and screams, and an alert security guard who saw her being dragged back into a unit, helped police determine the location of the unit Ms Wu was in.
Police raid the unit and found 14 suspects still sleeping in the unit, aged between 25 and 35, and several video clips of kidnap victims being tortured. The clips were used to threaten relatives of the victims into giving them ransom money.
Ms Wu’s rescue led to the arrests of a total of 45 suspects. Several of the kidnappers were charged yesterday and may face life sentences if found guilty.