68 trafficking victims rescued in January PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 09 February 2016 11:36

By ALLEN ABASTILLAS

The Philippine Center on Transnational Crime Western Mindanao Field Office reported on Monday that  68 victims of human trafficking  from different places in the country were rescued by government forces for the month of January alone.

Twenty four women and two men were rescued at White beach in Isabela City on January 20 by men of the Isabela City Police Station led by Supt. Jerome Afuyog Jr.

The 26 victims were spotted by Capt. Jay M. Namoca of the  army’s 15th Infantry Battalion, who contacted Afuyog for the rescue.

PCTCWMFO disclosed that human traffickers use Basilan as their jump-off  point to transport their victims from island to island until  they reach Tawi-Tawi which is minutes away from Sabah, Malaysia.

Human traffickers are now careful in using Zamboanga City as their jumpoff point because of several apprehensions made recently.

Another modus operandi of the traffickers is using Pagadian City as their arrival of destination from different places in the country bringing along their victims before going to Tawi-Tawi.

Five women and two men were also rescued in Sibutu island recently. Operating teams are from the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Bongao Anti- Human Trafficking Task Force, Naval Intelligence Group of Naval Forces Western Mindanao and  Women Children’s Protection Desk  - Western Mindanao Field Unit.

Meanwhile, PCTCWMFO disclosed that 1,767 deportees from Sabah, Malaysia arrived in Zamboanga City this month. They were brought to the Processing Center for Displaced Persons situated in Barangay Mampang. — Allen Abastillas