39 rescued trafficking victims arrive in Zambo from Bongao PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 14 April 2014 11:28

Thirty nine would-be victims of human trafficking arrived in Zamboanga City Saturday from Tawi-Tawi where they were intercepted and rescued by authorities.

Chief Insp. Alexander Lorenzo, Chief, Philippine Center on Transnational Crime Western Mindanao Field Office, disclosed that the 39 persons are among the 48 who were rescued the other day by the Maritime Police in Bongao  and the Bongao Inter-Agency Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (BIATFAT).

The rescued victims boarded in Bongao a Philippine Navy vessel, BRP Miguel Malvar, that arrived at the  Naval Forces  Western Mindanao’s Majini Pier in Lower Calarian Saturday.

They were escorted by soldiers of the Marines Battalion Landing Team 5 with personnel from the Dept. of Social Welfare and Development-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and the Bongao Maritime Police.          According to the Task Force investigation, the victims were recruited to work in Malaysia as “palasawit” in a palm oil plantation. They could not produce any legal documents or working permit from Malaysia after they were intercepted.

The victims are from Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Norte, Jolo Sulu and Zamboanga Sibugay.

Upon arrival at the Navy pier,  the victims were turned over by BIATFAT  to the Zamboanga Sea Based Anti-Trafficking Task Force (ZSBATTF). They were assisted by the PCTCWMFO, DSWD, Department of Justice, Maritime Police and Naval Intelligence security Group. — Allen Abastillas