6 more would-be victims of human trafficking rescued PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 July 2011 15:41

Six women — four from Cotabato City and two from Maguindanao — were rescued in joint operations against human trafficking carried out at the Zamboanga City Airport last Wednesday.

Philippine Center on Transnational Crime Mindanao Field Office 9 Head Supt. Celso L. Bael withheld the names of the would-be victims for security reason and protection.    According to Bael, prior to the rescue, an informant gave information to the police on July 12 that  six women were on their to Zamboanga City aboard a commercial plane and were suspected to be victims of human trafficking. Thereafter, the police alerted the law enforcers at the airport. The six were rescued upon arrival. 

Initial investigation disclosed that the would-be victims went to Manila from their respective hometowns on different dates. They stayed in the capital for about three weeks before they  came together to Zamboanga City yesterday.

It was learned that the six women were to continue their flight to Tawi-Tawi  where they were supposed to leave for Sabah, Malaysia.
Two of the women told investigators that some of them had already worked abroad.

According to them, they were recruited in their neighborhood by a person whose name they do not know.
They were facilitated in Quiapo, Manila where their travel papers were processed.

They said they were offered by the recruiter to work as domestic helpers in Jordan with a monthly salary of  $2,000. All their expenses were paid by the recruiter.   
Bael said quoted the would-be victims to have said that they were recruited through cell phone and internet messages.

Aside from the PNP Mindanao Area Police Intelligence Office,  Criminal Investigation and Detection Group 9, 9th Police Center  for Aviation Security Group under Supt. Peter Rosano Donato, Visayan Forum and the Department of Social Welfare and Development 9 participated in the rescue operation. — Allen Abastillas