8 more women rescued from human trafficking PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 17 June 2013 11:19

Eight more women were rescued from human trafficking in an operation carried out by the Maritime Police in Bongao, Taw-Tawi and the Bongao Inter-Agency Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (BIAATTF) over the weekend.

Six of the victims are aged 20 to 25 years old and one is minor. After the rescue, the victims were brought to Zamboanga City. They arrived at the local wharf aboard a commercial vessel at 12:00 p.m yesterday.

The eight women were fetched at the local wharf by personnel of the Philippine Center on Transnational Crimes Western Mindanao Field Office and the Department of Social Welfare and Development and were brought to DSWD’s Home for Women for temporary shelter and counseling.

Chief Insp. Alexander Lorenzo, PCTC Western Mindanao Field Office chief, disclosed that the stories of the rescued victims are very touching. One of them from Mahayag, Zamboanga del Sur, said does not have a passport and she wanted to go to Malaysia for greener pasture and adventure.

Another from Batangas City revealed that she was recruited by a certain Ros Yap in Manila to work in Morocco as a private tutor with a monthly salary of P 20,000. She used Bongao as her entry point to Kuala Lumpur before going to Morocco.

Two other victims, a 17 year old lass and a companion, said they were recruited by Joan and Jean to work in a plywood factory in Sabah,  Malaysia. The fare was paid by the factory owner named only Kim.

Another young victim from Tangub City was set to go to Sabah, Malaysia to work as an entertainer.

Most of the victims said they want to go abroad because they want to have a good life for their family. — Allen Abastillas