Another human trafficking attempt foiled: 24 rescued PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 14:14

Another human trafficking attempt was foiled when 24 would-be victims were intercepted  by the Zamboanga City Based Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (ZCSBATTF) at the Overseas Passengers Assistance Center (OPAC) at the Zamboanga City wharf on Monday.

The Philippine Center on Transnational Crime Western Mindanao Field Office (PCTCWMFO) said that most of the would-be victims came from Iloilo, Metro Manila, Basilan and Jolo. They were bound for Sabah, Malaysia when intercepted around 11 a.m.

PCTCWMFO said the victims were of very high risk forTrafficking in Person (TIP) because all their answers when interviewed by OPAC have similarities or alibis.

It was learned that when they were asked questions, most of them replied they are going to visit their sick father or parents or they want to visit their family or looking for a job.

The 24 victims only carry passports and they can not present any working permit from the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) or an invitation from their family  to go to Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia.

ZCSBATTF did not allow the 24 to board the commercial bound for Malaysia.

Some of the victims already went home to their respective home provinces and cities. Some were given temporarily shelter here in this city. — Allen Abastillas