13 more possible victims of human trafficking rescued PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 November 2011 16:36

Men from the Marine Battalion Landing Team-12 (MBLT-12) have rescued 13 “possible victims” of human trafficking and apprehended a suspected facilitator in Tawi-Tawi, a Marine spokesman said.

Naval Public Affairs director Lt. Col. Omar Tonsay said the possible victims were intercepted and rescued around 5 p.m. Tuesday north of Mangsee Island in Tawi-Tawi.

Tonsay said authorities have received information that a group of women were in North Mangsee and “awaiting to be transported to Malaysia through the country’s southern backdoor.”

Authorities also arrested the suspected facilitator and the group’s guide, Mattarasak Gani, from Brooke’s Point, Palawan.

Tonsay said those rescued were taken to the Camp Navarro General Hospital for medical examination and debriefing and were later turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).