Navy rescues 13 human trafficking victims in ZC PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 16 September 2011 17:01

With guidance from the head of Zamboanga Sea-Based Anti-Trafficking Task Force (Zamboanga SBATTF), Atty. Darlene Pajarito, the Philippine Navy together with NBI-9 and Philippine Coast Guard arrested an an illegal recruiter and rescued 13 would-be victims of human trafficking to include a three-year-old girl child aboard MV Trisha Kerstin 2 at Zamboanga port last Monday.

According to a Navy report, while the joint operating operatives were looking for certain personalities aboard said vessel, they received information on the presence of an illegal recruiter and his victims aboard.  This prompted the government team to conduct intensive search on all cabins and rooms which led to the apprehension of the illegal recruiter and the rescue of the victims.

Based on the information gathered, the victims were to be fetched upon their arrival in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi by a man who shall set up their illegal transport to Malaysia.
Nine of the victims came from Zamboanga Sibugay while four are natives of Margosatubig, Zambonga Del Sur.

The victims were properly turned over to the NBI-Zamboanga for proper documentation and filing of criminal charges against the illegal recruiter.

Rear Admiral Guzman, commander of Naval Forces Western Mindanao, said, “the joint rescue operation was already their 8th successful rescue of human trafficking activities in Western Mindanao as they continually collaborate with the other government units in Zamboanga City and Region 9 to reduce cases of such activity. Five other successful rescue operations were made in Zamboanga City and two in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi covering the period from June-August 2011 with a total of 47 innocent civilians rescued and 8 illegal recruiters arrested.