Couple nabbed for human trafficking PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 07 June 2014 11:11

A couple suspected of involvement in human trafficking was arrested by government forces in  Manila.

One of the couple was identified only as a certain R. M  Dela Vega. Both were  arrested in  Manila  around 7:00 p.m on Thursday.

Chief Insp. Alexander Lorenzo, head,  Philippine Center on Transnational Crime Western Mindanao Field Office, disclosed that the suspects are involved in  trafficking in persons in violation of R. A 10364.

The couple was arrested in San Andres, Manila.in a joint  entrapment operation  by the National Bureau of Investigation, Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Council (PAOCC) and the PCTC Western  Mindanao Field Office

According to Lorenzo, the suspects have been recruiting women in Manila to work as waitress in  Gersik Labuan, Sabah, Malaysia, but per affidavit of the complainant husband of one of victims who is in Malaysia, the victims are confined in a KTV bar and serve as sex workers where they are working.

According to the complainant, Filipina victims are transported to Malaysia through Manila-Zamboanga flight and Zamboanga to Siasi, Sulu (by boat ) enroute and stop near Tawi -Tawi islands in  Sempaku and go all the way to Labuan, Sabah.

The suspects habe been detained at the NBI Headquarters in Manila. The successful operation came through the efforts of operatives at the Office Passengers Assistance Center at the Zamboanga City Wharf under Zamboanga City Sea-Based Anti- Trafficking Task Force.

PCTC Western Mindanao Field Office faciliatated the arrest of the suspects  and coordinated with the National Bureau of Investigation  in Manila. — Allen Abastillas