2 human traffickers fall

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Friday, January 31, 2014

THE multi-agency Sea-Based Anti-Trafficking Task Force (SBATTF) have arrested two suspected human traffickers and rescued one victim in an east coast village of Zamboanga City.

Arrested were Sattar Ibno and Hadji Arraji Jammang Kammang, according to Zamboanga Peninsula police information officer Chief Inspector Ariel Huesca.

Huesca said the suspects were arrested on Wednesday at Sitio Talabaan in the village of Mercedes, following a month-long surveillance.


Huesca said the arresting team rescued Joana Marie Tapang of Malabon City, Metro Manila, when they arrested the suspects.

The suspects, who are based in Zamboanga City, are known as notorious human traffickers operating in the Zamboanga Peninsula area.

“They lured young lasses from the nearby provinces and recruited them with promised of good jobs and offered high salary in Sabah, Malaysia,” he said citing “several have become victims of their recruitment.”

However, he said these young lasses ended up working against their will and even exploited into prostitution instead of working decent jobs.

The worst thing is that the victims cannot file complaint against them since they were undocumented workers, he added.

The police said Kammang formerly owns a ferry, the M/L Wendelyn, which was frequently used in the transport of their recruit-victims to Sabah, Malaysia.

The task force is conducting follow-up operations for the possible rescue of more human trafficking victims. (Bong Garcia)

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