4 suspected human trafficking victims rescued at NAIA

Robie de Guzman

MANILA, Philippines – Four suspected human trafficking victims were rescued at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said.

In a statement released on Sunday, the BI said the victims were stopped from leaving the NAIA Terminal 1 last December 22.

The bureau said its travel control and enforcement unit (TCEU) intercepted the victims while they were about to board their flight to Hong Kong en route to their final destination in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where they were allegedly hired to work as contract workers without proper documents.

“The three women admitted that they were recruited to work as domestic helpers while their male companion said he was hired to work as a secretary,” BI-TCEU head Ma. Timotea Barizo said.

Barizo added the passengers were allegedly recruited by a certain “Emilyn” who is currently based in the UAE and employs as a household worker the mother of one of the victims.

The BI said all of the four passengers were turned over to the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) for further investigation.

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