Human trafficking victims rescued-A A +A
By Bong Garcia
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
ONE-HUNDRED thirteen people, including children, who are victims of human trafficking, were rescued by combined government forces in the province of Tawi-Tawi, the police said Wednesday.
The Basilan police provincial office reported the victims were rescued around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Taganak, Municipality of Turtle Islands, Tawi-Tawi.
The police said the rescued victims include 68 males, 29 females, and 16 children – a total of 113 individuals, the police said.
They were rescued by combined police, coast guard and marine forces while they were en route to Malaysia.
The victims were recruited from the provinces of Basilan, Zamboanga Sibugay and Davao City, the police said.
They are presently housed at the headquarters of the Basilan police provincial office for documentation.
Investigation continues in a bid to establish the identities of the people who recruited the victims, the police added.