PCTC, CIDG, Zambo police cited for rescue of 19 human trafficking would-be victims PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 05 June 2011 17:17

Philippine Center on Transnational Crime National Director Felizardo M. Serapio  Jr. has commended PCTC Mindanao Field Officer (Region 9  Head) Supt. Celso L. Bael, operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group 9 under Sr. Supt. Manuel Rariza, and personnel of the Zamboanga City Police Office Womens Desk for the rescue of 19 would-be victims of human tracficking last May 21.

The would-be victims who were ready to leave for Sabah, Malaysia, were intercepted at the vicinity of St. Joseph Church at Nuñez St. around 12:00 p.m through an information provided by a concerned citizen.They were recruited without a passport to work in Malaysia as harvesters at a palm oil plantation.

The 19 would-be victims include one female minor. four male minors, three female adults and 11 male adults. They were recruited in Pagadian City and other parts of Zamboanga Del Sur.

Accroding to the would-be victims, the five minors were also recruited to work as a fruit pickers in a plantation.
Bael said the 19 who were illegally recruited was very fortunate because they were rescued by the law enforcers. They don’t have passport and valid documents to work in Malaysia.

The result of the investigation carried out by the PCTC 9, CIDG 9 and ZCPOWD showed that the 19 recruited included a family —  one couple with two kids. They said they want to work in the Sabah plantation because they are poor in Zamboanga del Sur and there is no opportunity of good work in their province.
The would-be victims said their going to Malaysia was just like looking for greener pasture so that their life will improve in the future. — Allen Abastillas