Navy, police rescue six more human trafficking victims PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 May 2012 14:27

Soldiers and policemen stationed in Palawan intercepted a motor launch carrying six women believed to be victims of human trafficking.

Naval Forces West Public Affairs Officer Lt. Karen A. Abulon (PN) disclosed that joint elements of Naval Station Del Rosario (NSNDR) and Balabac PNP intercepted a motor launch at the vicinity of Calandorang Bay, Balabac in Palawan carrying six women believed to be victims of human trafficking last May 12 around 5:30 p.m.

Abulon said the operation was a result of a tip from a concerned citizen that about 10 a.m. of May 12, 2012, a motor launch named KT Kudat Transport, will be departing Barangay Bancalaan, Balabac, Palawan to transport six women to Kudat, Malaysia in any opportune time.

With the information, the commanding officer of NSNDR immediately coordinated with the Balabac Police Office and a joint operation with men of NSNDR conducted a navigation patrol to preempt the illegal intention.

Around 5 p.m.of the same day, the joint team of NSNDR and Balabac PNP spotted and intercepted a motor launch matching the given description at the vicinity of Calandorang Bay, Balabac, Palawan. The team conducted board and search and found on board six women, 

The said motor launch is skippered by Rumi Bin Mamura with six other crew allegedly all from Brgy Bancalaan. Further inquiry revealed that the said motor launch is owned by a Chinese businessman based in Kudat, Malaysia. Authorities found out that the vessel has no pertinent documents except for a mayor’s permit with declared identification and classification as F/B Isle Fortune and is for fishing only.

On the same day, the six women were turned over to DSWD Balabac while M/L Kudat Transport was placed in the custody of Balabac PNP for proper disposition.

After some documentation procedures, the women were released by the DSWD as the six are already of legal age. The agency filed a case against a certain Teresa Garcia, their alleged recruiter from Malaysia, and a certain Julie (LNU) of Brgy Bancao-Bancao, Puerto Princesa City who fetched them from the airport and accommodated them before they left for Bancalaan. — PIA