BLAZING THOUGHTS: Deportees and human trafficking PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 28 August 2011 14:25

Every now and then the ship would arrive and dock at our pier bringing a hundred or so deportees from neighboring Malaysia.
The deported halaos include men and women, young and old, couples with children. Some are sick and frail looking, haggard and even infected with skin diseases. Incidentally in one of the ships, a poor deportee failed to hold on to his breath before reaching shore due to serious illness. Many of them would narrate their harrowing experience in that foreign land being illegal entrants— rounded up and thrown in jail, beaten and manhandled by the guards, badly fed, women raped by guards until released for deportation.

However, immigration authorities have admitted that many deportees are considered recycled which simply means— deported and returned, again and again,
Meanwhile, the clandestine hustle of human trafficking seems to be getting rampant here in this city. Unscrupulous recruiters are using the port of Zamboanga City as the jumping point to foreign shores or via the port of Tawi-Tawi as the backdoor. In Sabah, Malaysia, the human cargo can be easily transported to other foreign countries in Asia and Europe.

According to news reports, many victims of human trafficking, mostly young women from Luzon and the Visayas, have been rescued by police operatives in our port the past few months.

One time several victims were intercepted as they arrived on a chartered flight at the airport. Unfortunately the culprits or masterminds of the crime have eluded arrest.
Advocates of anti-human trafficking have expressed alarm over the series of rescue operations yielding a humber of victims while in transport. As a preventive measure, they’ll go from one school to another to hold a dialogue with the students about the disastrous effects of human trafficking and how to avoid from becoming victims of illegal recruiters. Good idea! Many students will be saved from falling into the trap of deception.

Nevertheless, the fear is still there. The parents remain worried over the future of their childrentill there’ll be enough job opportunities for all, till the surging waves of poverty subside.