66 women rescued in anti-trafficking war PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 15 August 2015 13:57

by Allen  Abastillas


Government operatives have rescued  a total of 66 female would-be victims of human trafficking in two-day operation from August 9 to 10in Zamboanga City and in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi.

Chief Insp.  Alex Lorenzo of  the Philippine Center on Transnational Crimes Western Mindanao Field Office disclosed that the Bongao Inter-Agency Task Force  had intercepted nine women at the Bongao airport and seaport on August 9.  Investigation they possess have legal documents to travel oto Malaysia where they were promised jobs by a recruiter.  The victims came from Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental, Molave, Zamboanga del Sur, Metro Manila, Davao City and Agusan del Norte. They were placed under the custody of the Zamboanga City Sea Based- Anti- Trafficking Task Force.

Fourteen other women were rescued in another operation carried out also on August 9, around 4:00  p.m. at a hotel in Zamboanga City. They were promised jobs in Malaysia as domestic helpers with a salary of $300. Most of the victims came from Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental, Nueva Ecija, Baguio City, Ilocos Norte, Cavite, Antipolo City, Bacolod City and Quezon City.

Moreover, 11 women were also rescued by the ZCSBATTF in a series of operations in the different lodging  houses in Zamboanga City. Four of them were promised jobs as domestic helpers in Dubai without legal documents. The victims came from Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur. Three females were also rescued along Corcuerra Street. Their iilegal recruiter was identified as Madam Torres. The victims came from La Union and Isabela.

On August 10, 29 women were incepted by the Overseas Pasengers Assistance Center  at the Zamboanga port. The victims were bound for Malaysia disguised as tourists having fictitious documents. But  investigation revealed that their recruiter promised them jobs in Dubai and Lebanon as domestic helpers passing through Malaysia.    The victims were mostly from Pangasinan, Ilocos Region, Iloilo, Maguindanao and Negros Occidental. They were placed in government shelter.

Eight more women were held by the Bureau of Immigration as they were holding fictitious travel  documents. They came from Zamboanga City and Davao City. -Allen Abastillas