CIDG-9 files cases vs traffickers Print
Sunday, 14 April 2013 16:45

The 9th Regional Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDG-9) has filed separate cases against nine persons for violation of Republic Act 9208 otherwise known as the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003 in large scale and syndicated illegal recruitment in relation to R.A 8442 also known as the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipino Act of 1995 ).

The filing of the cases against the nine persons took place from January up to this month.

CIDG-9 Chief Sr. Supt. Edgar Cabrera Danao disclosed that the names of the persons involved were withheld as the cases were already filed in court after the series of operations were carried out to arrest illegal recruiters and the rescue of the victims  in different places in Zamboanga Peninsula, Davao  City, and Tawi-Tawi.

CIDG-9 conducted operations under the Zamboanga City Based Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force with Philippine Center on Transnational Crimes Mindanao Field Office, Department of Social Welfare and Development 9 and ARMM, Naval Intelligence Group and in coordination with law enforcers in Tawi-Tawi.

From the different series of  arrests, almost 100 victims of human trafficking were rescued by government forces with concerted efforts of of different law enforcers.

The victims were given moral support and advices at the Bahay Silongan of DSWD-9 and Visayan Forum. They were given assistance before they were sent home to different places in the country. — Allen Abastillas