Navy active in fight vs human trafficking PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 July 2013 13:24

The Naval Forces Western Mindanao has  intensified operations against human traffickers in Zamboanga Peninsula, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

Capt. Albert A. Mogol, NAVFORWESMIN deputy commander for Fleet Operations and Commander Naval Task Force 61, disclosed that their operations against human traffickers are ongoing with Navy operatives closely watching on places where trafficking will likely happen.

“Our naval assets and troopers are distributed in the different stations in  Western Mindanao and BASULTA against organized  traffickers, lawless and criminals at sea. We gather intelligence on human trafficking activities  and give it to the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation as they are the leading agency.  We also closely coordinate with the Philippine National Police and  other law enforcers,” Mogol said.

He added that the navy is working closely with local governments units  and all stakeholders to help victims of human trafficking and combat illegal recruiters.

According to Mogol, the NAVFORWESMIN has maritime cooperation with the Philippine Coast Guard and Philippine National Police in their operations against lawlessness at sea.

“Western Mindanao’s sealane is vast and there are many islands and islets,” he said..

The Navy here has rescued and transported victims of human trafficking,  natural calamities and man-made calamities within their areas of jurisdiction. — Allen Abastillas