7 women rescued in fresh anti-trafficking operation PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 November 2013 13:50

Seven women were rescued by the Bongao Inter-Agency Task Force Against Trafficking (BIATFAT ) in a fresh anti-human trafficking operation last Saturday in Bongao, Tawi- Tawi.

The seven would-be-victims were brought to  Zamboanga City by troopers of the Marine Battalion Landing Team 5 on Sunday on board a commercial vessel.

Chief Insp. Alexander Lorenzo, head of the Philippine Center on Transnational Crime Western Mindanao Field Office (PCTCWMFO ),  said the seven women were mostly in their 20s. Two came from San Jose,  Gen. Santos City, three from Nueva Ecija, one from Caloocan City and one from Zamboanga del Sur.

Lorenzo lamented after investigation revealed that the some of the  seven women were recruited only through cellphone to work in Malaysia. Another information also revealed that some of the would-be victims desired to go to Malaysia to seek for greener pasture.

The seven were turned over by the PCTCWMFO to the Department of Social Welfare and Development 9 Haven for de-briefing and counseling before sending them to their homtowns. — Allen Abastillas