14 new trafficking victims rescued PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 13:48

Fourteen new would-be victims of human trafficking were rescued by the Zamboanga City Base- Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force in three separate operations. The rescue came along with the arrest of two suspected facilitators.

Chief Insp. Alexander Lorenzo, head of the Philippine Center on Transnational Crimes Western Mindanao Field Office, said the first operation was carried out last Friday around  1:45 p.m wherein three women were intercepted at the Zamboanga International Airport. They were recruited by a certain Nerly alias Auntie Gamay to work in Sabah, Malaysia. Two of the women are from Iloilo City and the third from Pasig City. They are in their twenties.

The second operation took place at a private wharf in Baliwasan Seaside where seven women were rescued around 12 noon last Monday. They were seeking for job in Malaysia and are not afraid to go there, according to investigators. Three of them are from Angeles City, Pampanga and four from Davao City.

Lorenzo disclosed that the third operation took place on Monday afternoon where three women and one man were intercepted at the wharf terminal. They were held by men of the Overseas Passengers Assistance Center (OPAC).     Investigation disclosed that they were going to Malaysia to work. Four of them came from Manila, Bulacan and Cavite.

Two suspected facilitators were arrested by the ZCSBATTF in Barangay Tetuan. They were identified as Norma H. Kassim of Don Toribio Tetuan and Abdulmukim Jomadil of Sta. Catalina.

Lorenzo said the operations were carried out by PCTC-WMFO, Naval Intelligence  Group, Military Intelligence-9, Department of Social Welfare and Development 9, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group 9, Philippine Coast Guard, 9PCAS, Department of Justice and Visayan Forum.

All the victims were temporarily sheltered at the Visayan Forum’s  Bahay Silongan. — Allen  Abastillas