Parent seeks help to rescue trafficked son PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 17:09

While the Malaysian government is deporting thousands of Filipinos, human traffickers and illegal recruiters are playing cloak and dagger with their Malaysian businessmen-handlers to illegally recruit Filipinos and work illegally in secret prostitution dens in that country.       

A parent of one of the several victims of human trafficking last Monday sought the help of Philippine Center on Transnational Crimes National Executive  Felizardo M. Serapio Jr. relating that their son recruited to work in Malaysia without proper documents.

The parent told Serapio that his son together with 27 people,mostly from Olutanga, Zamboanga Sibugay  left Zamboanga City on January 4, 2011 without the knowledge of authorities. They were recruited to clean a forest area in Sabah so that a plantation will be established. Information reaching the parent disclosed  that his son and companions are being maltreated, exploited.

Serapio directed PCTC Region 9 Mindanao Field Officer Supt. Celso L. Bael to work with the different government agencies and coordinate with the International Police for the rescue of the 28 victims.
Serapio was here to grace the meeting of the Regional Law Enforcement Coordination Committee in Camp Abendan last Monday presided by its chairman, Police Regional Office-9 Chief Supt. Elpidio Z. De Asis Jr.

De Asis disclosed that he has received an information that some private wharves in the city are being used for exit or rendezbou point or rendezvous for human trafficking and other economic sabotage or smuggling activities .

De Asis said his command has validated the intelligence information and instructed Zamboanga City Police Office Director Sr. Supt. Edwin Deocampo to conduct a surveliance of the different private wharves.

De Asis also received a report from Philippines Ports Authority Manager Leonilo Miole that there are only two wharves which are legally operating here —  the Zamboanga City Port and Sangali Fishing Port. The rest are illegal.

Serapio called on owners of private wharves to help the government, by not allowing their private wharves to be used for illegal activities.
He also advised people who want to work in Malaysia to go to proper authorities to apply and not to illegal recruiters.

Serapio also commended PCTC 9 Mindanao Field Officer Supt. Celso L. Bael and  his men for a job well done and in working closely with Zamboanga Seabased Anti-human Trafficking Task Force for the series of rescues involving would-be victims of human trafficking.

Bael and his men were awarded Medalya ng Kagalingan  by PNP Chief Director General   Raul Balcazo. — Allen Abastillas