One-stop shop urged at airport to prevent human trafficking PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 July 2011 16:03

A “one-stop” shop intended to check passengers flying in and out of Zamboanga City  International Airport and going to Jolo and Bongao, Tawi-Tawi should be established at the airport, according to 9th  Police Center for Aviation Security  regional head, Supt. Peter Rosano P. Donato.

Donato said that there is a need to put-up a “one-stop” shop at the local airport to check the entry and exit of passengers. The proposed “one-stop” shop  is very essential because Zamboanga City is very vulnerable to human trafficking and it is being used as the gateway for human trafficking especially the coastal areas because of its wide open and very long coastline.

Donato said that in the last few months, the Philippine Center on Transnational Crimes under by Mindanao  Field Officer Region Supt. Celso Bael informed his command that  82 women with their human trafficker-handler chartered a plane for flight to Bongao, Tawi-Tawi.

He said that prior to the rescue, he was informed by his personnel that there will be a test flight for  Bongao but the airlines did not inform his office that 82 women were aboard.
He only knew the situation when Supt. Bael, head of PCTC 9, informed him that there were 82 women aboard the plane and they were victims of humand trafficking bound for Malaysia using Bongao as their  gateway. Thereafter, the flight was hold on departure and the women were rescued.

Donato also said the proposed “one-stop” shop” is very important where the Visayan Forum and the Zamboanga City Seabase Antihuman Traffficking Task Force ( ZSBATTF )  must put up all the information and communication lines so that human trafficking can be prevented and pre-empted. — Allen Abastillas