Suspected human trafficking victim rescued in Tawi-Tawi-A A +A
Friday, February 14, 2014
A WOULD-BE victim of human trafficking was rescued recently by elements of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Tawi-Tawi.
Commander Armando Balilo, Coast Guard Public Affairs chief, said that a 17-year-old girl was rescued by members of the Vessel Safety Enforcement Inspection (VSEI) team of Coast Guard Station-Mapun during a boarding inspection inside M/L Asbi, which was docked at the Mapun Port Terminal.
Balilo said that when the boarding team arrived inside the fast craft vessel, the victim's agent failed to present any legal documents.
The victim said in her affidavit that she came to Mapun onboard M/L Trisha Mae II last January 26 and stayed for a week at the residence of a certain Sabturayna Lahuddin, sister of her co-worker.
According to Balilo, the rescued victim also admitted that she's planning to exit the country via backdoor exit in Taganak Island to Sabah in Malaysia.
Further investigation disclosed that she planned to exit the country without securing any legal documents, such as passport and immigration clearance, as she attempted to be with her mother who is working at Kalapasawit Plantation Corporation in Sandakan.
The PCG later turned over the victim to representatives of the Department of Welfare and Development in Zamboanga City. (Sunnex)