Task force ramps up operations vs traffickers PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 14 June 2016 11:43

By ALLEN ABASTILLAS

 

The Regional Ant-Trafficking Task Force-9 Sea Based Anti-Trafficking in Persons Task Force based in Zamboanga City  intensifies its operations against human traffickers and illegal recruiters in Zamboanga Peninsula, Basilan , Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

The operations are carried out as a result of the 1st and 2nd Quarter meeting they conducted recently attended by  the different members of the task Force in a local hotel.

Among the challenges and issues disccused  in the meeting werre rescue/ surveillance operations in the different areas in ZAMPEN and BASULTA, operations of passengers assistance center in Zamboanga City wharf and Bongao, the Bongao turnover and prosecution of human traffickers arrested by the task force and schedules of activities and trainings on human trafficking.

Chief Insp. Alexander Lorenzo, chief of the Philippine Center on Transnational Crimes Western Mindanao Field Office, reported that they continuusly conduct monitoring and surveillance operations in the tworegions against human traffickers and illegal recruiters.

Lorenzo also urged the public to help law enforcers combat against human traffickers because when the victims go to  a country with which Philippines has no diplomatic ties, it is difficult for them to be expatriated.

According to Lorenzo, many victims of trafficking have been rescued here in Zamboanga City by the Task Force and also in Bongao Tawi- Tawi.

Supt. Salbino C. Piad, chief, Regional Maritime Unit-9, told this reporter that his different Maritime Stations in ZAMPEN and BASULTA continuously  monitor and check all possible jumping points in the different areas.

Members of the Task Force are Dept. of Justice- RIACAT, Zamboanga City Seas Based Anti- Trafficking Task Force,DSWD9, Naval Intelligence Security Group Western Mindanao, Women Children’s Police Desk 9, Bureau of Immigration, POAE, OWWA, NICA9, Bureau of Quarantine, Dept. of Foreign Affairs, Aviation Secuirty Group 9, Philippine Coast Guards, Regional Maritime Unit 9 and VFI.  — Allen Abastillas