45 trafficking victims rescued in Tawi-Tawi PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 03 August 2012 14:01

Forty five victims of human trafficking were rescued by Task Force Anti-HumanTrafficking in separate operations on July 31 and August 1,2012 in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi.

The 45 victims are 25 women and 20 men Buluan and Paglas,  Maguindanao.

Municipal Social Work and Development Ms. Rosabella Delfindo disclosed that the victims were promised jobs by their recruiter in a farm in Sabah, Malaysia.

Supt. Juanito E. Enguera, chief,  Maritime Police Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, said the victims are now safe and secure under the care of the Bongao local government unit.

Enguera said the task force that rescued the victims are personnel of his command, Bongao LGU, 5th Marines Battalion Landing Team, Philippine Coast Guard Bongao, Aviation Security Group and Police Provincial Office of Tawi-Tawi.

According to Enguera,  two suspected human traffickers were arrested. They were identified as  PO1 Ladjahasan.

The victims were facilitated by the Philippine Center on Transnational Crime Western Mindanao Field Office, Zamboanga Seabased Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force and Visayan Forum.

Delfindo said the victims will be given counseling and advices before they will be given fare to return home. — Allen Abastillas