14 women rescued in new human trafficking attempt PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 11:55

Government operatives rescued yesterday at the Zamboanga City wharf 14 women, who are victims of human trafficking,.

The rescue came with the arrest of an illegal recruiter identified only as Olive.

Philippine Center on Transnational Crimes Western Mindanao Field Office disclosed that the 14 women were rescued around 11 a.m. Their ages range from  15 to 39 years old. Most came from Metro Manila, Cebu City and Davao region.

It was gathered that Olive recruited the 14 women to work in Lebanon as domestic helpers with Sabah, Malaysia as their jump-off point.

The joint operation was carried out by the Zamboanga City Police Office  Anti- Vice Unit headed by Senior  Inspector Gary Bahoy  together  with Zamboanga City Sea Based Anti- Human  Trafficking Task  Force (ZCSBATT), Bureau of Immigration, Philippine Coast Guard Zamboanga Station, Philippine Ports Authority and City Social Welfare and  Development.

The victims were given temporary shelter and they underwent counseling before being sent back to their home cities and provinces.

Human traffickers bring their victims to Zamboanga City where they take a boat ride to Tawi-Tawi before sneaking into Sabah, Malaysia. Others take the regular trip to Sandakan, Sabah disguising as tourists. — Allen Abastillas