18 trafficking victims rescued PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 September 2012 14:11

Operatives of the City Police Office’s Women and Children Section led by Sr. Insp. Gemma Luna and personnel of the Sea-Based Anti-Trafficking Task Force (SBATTF) rescued 18 would-be victims of human trafficking in Baliwasan Seaside last Wednesday morning.

In a report to City Police Director Sr. Supt. Supt. James Mejia, Luna  disclosed that they had earlier received a report on the presence of the 18 persons along with their families in Baliwasan Seaside around 9 a.m.

Luna and personnel of the SBATTF swooped down on the said place and rescued the would-be victims of human trafficking.

Luna said the victims came from Pagadian City. They were recruited by a man from Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay purportedly to work as fishermen in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi.

During interviews, the victims told Luna that the recruiter promised them work in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, but they were told that they will be fetched by another vessel which made them suspicious. Some of them sought the assistance of the police.

Luna said the recruiter was identified but he managed to escape during the rescue operation.

The rescued victims were turned over to the Visayan Forum for temporary shelter while a case of human trafficking was readied against the recruiter. – Dan Toribio Jr.