Kapolei woman charged with alleged involvement in sex trafficking program for a Filipino church

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HONOLULU (KHON2) – According to the US Department of Justice, two people were arrested in California and a Kapolei woman in Hawaii on suspicion of being involved in a sex trafficking program on behalf of a Philippine church.

Felina Salinas, 50, of Kapolei, worked with the Church called Kingdom of Jesus Christ, The Name Above Every Name (KOJC). She is said to have collected and secured passwords and documents from KOJC employees in Hawaii. Salinas – also known as “Sis Eng Eng” – apparently also took money from local church members and sent it to church officials in the Philippines.

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The other two women arrested in California include 48-year-old Bettina Padilla Roces and 72-year-old Maria De Leon. Officials said Roces allegedly looked after the church’s financial affairs; De Leon allegedly processed fake marriage and immigration documents for KOJC employees.

Federal agents said these church officials had pressured underage girls and young women “to have sex with the church leader under threat of ‘eternal damnation'”.

This charge has been expanded Allegations in 2020 on nine defendants charged with a human trafficking system bringing KOJC church members to the US on fraudulent visas and for being forced to solicit donations for a bogus charity. The donations were instead used to fund KOJC church operations and “the lavish lifestyles of their leaders.”

Apollo Carreon Quiboloy, the leader of KOJC, who has been referred to as “the appointed Son of God,” is believed to be in the Philippines, but officials said he had a “grand residence” in Kapolei.

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Salinas’ attorney Michael Green released the following statement:

The main witness has a motive to destroy the church. What I see here is a complete fiction and a motive to turn to this church and this pastor.

Michael Green, Felina Salinas’ attorney

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