Nine Zamboangueño trafficking victims rescued in Sulu Print
Thursday, 03 August 2017 16:31

By ELY DUMABOC

Nine Zamboangueño victims of alleged human trafficking and forced labor were rescued by the police in Lugus municipality, Sulu last Tuesday.

The nine, including four minors, were recruited four months ago to work for a fishing vessel allegedly owned by a Sulu local official.

The victims, eight of who are from Sangali and one from Kawit, arrived yesterday morning from Sulu aboard a commercial vessel.

Lugus Police Chief Sr Insp Felix Dennis Alicando said that the victims were made to work long hours and did not receive the salary that they were promised.  The victims were also  overworked and were not given enough food.

Alicando said that they learned about the presence of the nine in their municipality when two minors approached them in barangay Gapas Tubig Tuwak and asked for their help last July 31.

The victims asked for help after they were reportedly threatened when they tried to escape.

The police launched an operation last Tuesday which led to the rescue.

Alicando refused to name the suspect saying that the case is still under investigation.

The Lugus Police turned over the victims to the Women and Children Protection Center Mindanao Field Unit led by Supt Christine Tan.

Supt Christine Tan, Women and Children Protection Center Chief- Mindanao Field Unit, said that human trafficking charges will be filed against the recruiter and the owner of the fishing vessel.

She advised victims not to be afraid as they will be protected by authorities.  (Ely Dumaboc)