13 would-be trafficking victims rescued

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014


THE Sea-Based Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (SBATTF) have rescued 13 would-be trafficking in person victims and arrested four suspected illegal recruiters at the local wharf, a top police official announced Tuesday.

Zamboanga City police Officer-in-Charge Senior Superintendent Angelito Casimiro said the victims were rescued around 11 a.m. Monday at the local wharf.

Casimiro did not release the identities of the victims except in saying they are all women, who were while about to board on a commercial ferry bound for Malaysia via Sandakan, Sabah.

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He disclosed the rescue of the victims came a day after they were informed about the arrival Sunday of more or less 20 women, who were allegedly recruited by a syndicate.

He said the information prompted them to keep a close watch at the local port, which has been tagged as transshipment point of trafficking in person activity.

He said rescued would-be victims were recruited in Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao region to work in Malaysia and Lebanon.

He identified the four suspected illegal recruiters and facilitators as follows: Olevia Abo-Abo and Eulalia Francis Richards, both from Cebu City; and, former Marine Sergeant Luis Solano and his wife, Marilyn, the alleged facilitators in this city.

Appropriate charges are set to be filed against the suspects, Casimiro added.

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