10 more women rescued in anti-trafficking operation PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 17 August 2015 15:02

by Allen  Abastillas

Government operatives rescued on Sunday 10 more female would-be victims of human trafficking at a downtown hotel

Chief Inspector Alex Lorenzo, Chief, Philippine Center on Transnational Crimes Western Mindanao Field Office,  disclosed that the 10 women were recruited in Luzon to work in Lebanon where they would have entered through Sandakan, Malaysia.

Investigation revealed that the recruiter of the victims is a Lebanese national identified as Pascal Sreih. The facilitator of the 10 victims, Cardo Atuyan of Duncaan, Barangay Boalan, Zamboanga City, was also arrested by the lawmen.

Those involved in Sunday’s anti-trafficking operation were personnel of the PCTCWMFO, Department of Social Welfare and Development 9 and ZCSWD, Naval Intelligence Special Group Western Mindanao, Women and Childrens Desk Zamboanga City Police Office and ZCPO Anti- Vice and Tawi –Tawi Police Provincial Office operatives.

The Tawi-tawi Provincial Police Office provided the necessary information that resulted to the successful rescue operation held around noon time.

The women are mostly from Ilocos, Pangasinan, Compostela Valley Cagayan, Isabela, Manila, Caraga Region and Laguna. They will be assisted further and will be extended government services, according to Lourdes Francisco of the CSWDO.

The CSWDO provided transportation support to transport victims from the hotel to the home for women and orientation.

The victims were turned over to the DSWD Home for Women for counseling and temporary shelter as well as advocacy assistance for legal job.

Case build up is in progress as traffickers and illegal recruiters are identified.

Francisco said the successful operation Sunday brings to a total of 4 rescue operations conducted by joint operatives for the month of August with more or less 100 victims rescued.

Lorenzo said the 10 victims were taken to a government shelter. They were de-briefed before they were sent back to their homes in Luzon.  — With report from  Sheila Covarrubias