Police rescue 25 would-be human trafficking victims PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 09:41

Police rescued 25 potential victims of human trafficking in a west coast barangay in this city.

The potential human trafficking victims were rescued by policemen led by Senior Insp. Raul Mancenido around 11:30 p.m. Monday aboard a wooden-hulled vessel moored at a private wharf in Baliwasan,.

Supt. Diomarie Albarico, Police Station 11 chief, said Tuesday the rescue came after they received reliable information about the impending departure of a vessel loaded with potential victims of human trafficking.

Albarico said the vessel named Lucky Girl was scheduled to depart for the Turtle Islands, Tawi-Tawi. From there, the vessel’s passengers will be taken to Sabah and to their respective destinations.

The Turtle Islands municipality is located at the southwestern tip of the country, at the edge of the international treaty limits separating the Philippines and Malaysia.

Albarico said the would-be human trafficking victims were recruited by a certain Asbi of Mampang, this city. The alleged recruiter was not around during the rescue.

Albarico did not release the names of the would-be trafficking victims except in saying they comprise of males and females whose age ranges from 12 to 22.

They were turned over to the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Albarico said they have placed under investigation the skipper of the vessel to help them shed light concerning the recruitment of the would-be human trafficking victims.