An anti-trafficking campaign material at the front desk of the Cebu Parklane International Hotel in Cebu City. (Photo by VERA Files)By Mechelle Florita, VERA Files
Cebu City – At least one passenger is being offloaded almost every day at the Mactan Cebu International Airport, all of them possible victims of trafficking, including some who could be victims of typhoon “Yolanda” seeking jobs overseas, the antitrafficking task force here said.
From September to November this year alone, the Bureau of Immigration offloaded 800 passengers, Ligaya Abadesco of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking-Mactan Cebu International Airport Task Force said in an interview.
In late November, City Assistant Prosecutor Liceria Rabillas, head of the Cebu’s IACAT, told journalists that survivors of Yolanda from Samar, Leyte and Cebu are vulnerable to illegal job recruitment and trafficking.
Earlier this week, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, convenor of the Philippines’ Interfaith Movement Against Human Trafficking, also said Yolanda victims were "extremely vulnerable” to trafficking.
Pabillo issued the statement daysRead More »from Cebu airport steps up watch on trafficking victims