2 traffickers freed as victims not interested to pursue case PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 October 2011 17:00

The Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) has released the two suspected human traffickers they arrested last week at a private wharf.
Senior Insp. Gemma Luna, ZCPO’s Women and Children Protection Desk (WCPD) chief, said this came after no one among the victims, who were rescued when the suspects were arrested, were willing to pursue the case against them.

The suspectswere freed after the 36-hour reglamentary period of detention had lapsed, Luna said.

The Pagadors were arrested at a private wharf in the village of Baliwasan, west of this city, while about to bring the 11 people they recruited to work at a palm oil plantation and at a factory in Sabah, Malaysia.

The 11 victims, who were rescued aboard a wooden-hulled boat, were recruited in the municipalities of Ramon Magsaysay and Salug, Zamboanga del Norte.

The non-interest on the part of the victims to pursue the filing of case is among the problems that hinder the prosecution of human trafficking suspects, Luna said

However, Luna said they will continue the campaign against human trafficking to ensure the protection of people duped for high-paying jobs but ending up victims of illegal recruitment.