17 more would-be human trafficking victims rescued PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 02 August 2011 16:20

Seventeen more would-be victims of human trafficking were rescued by police operatives in Zamboanga City yesterday afternoon.

City Police Director Sr. Supt. Edwin De Ocampo disclosed that the Women and Children Section under his supervision and other police units swooped down on a house in Villa Sta. Maria after they received an information on a group of women that arrived and was expected to sail for Malaysia.

De Ocampo said when the policemen arrived at the place, they found out the 17 women at the house of a couple and were ready to board a vessel for Sabah, Malaysia.

During interrogation, the group failed to present documents legalizing them to work abroad.
Four men and a woman, who were said to be behind the recruitment of  the 17 women, were taken to the police station for investigation.
The rescued women were taken to the Visayan Forum for temporary custody.

De Ocampo said the would-be victims came from Luzon.
They told the police that their recruiters promised them good jobs abroad but did not give them travel and working visa. — Dan Toribio Jr.