12 victims rescued in fresh anti-human trafficking ops PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 11:22

Twelve men, who are would-be victims of human trafficking, were rescued in Barangay Putik at noon time last Saturday in a joint operation by the barangay council led by Councilor Totong Perez  in coordination with Zamboanga  Sea Base Anti-Human Tatrfficking Task Force ( ZSBATF ).

Chief Insp. Alexander Lorenzo, head of the Philippine Center on Transnational Crime Western Mindanao Field Office (PCTCWMFO), said the 12 men arrived in this city aboard a wooden hulled vessel that dropped anchor at a private wharf in Baliwasan Seaside. They came from Mapun and Palawan and were recruited by a certain Ali.

The 12 would-be victims are aged 18 to 25.

According to ZSBATF investigation,  the victims were recruited to work as construction workers in Malaysia. They have passport, but possess no work permits from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration ( POEA ).

According to Lorenzo, the rescue operation was carried out by operatives of the PCTCWMFO, personnel of the Department of Social Welfare and Development 9 and CSWD, men of the Zamboanga City Office, Divisoria Police Station and  some barangay officials of Putik.

The victims are now safe under the care of ZSBATF. They will undergo counselling and debriefing before they will be sent back to their home provinces. — Allen Abastillas