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2 trafficking women as ‘Muslim pilgrims’ intercepted

April 17, 2023 Jun I. Legaspi 221 views

THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) warned of a new human trafficking modus targeting Filipinos planning to work abroad as household workers.

In a report to immigration Commissioner Norman Tansingco, officers of the Bureau of Immigration’s (BI) travel control and enforcement unit said two women aged 36 and 37 years old, were intercepted when they attempted to depart on board a Cebu Pacific flight to Dubai at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 last April 14.

The two victims claimed that they were Muslim pilgrims, and are planning to travel by bus to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to participate in Umrah.

They also claimed that they recently converted to Islam and plans to stay for seven days in Saudi.

After several questions, the women admitted that their documents were fabricated, and that they were recruited via Facebook by a woman that processed their visas and tickets. They were instructed to pose as Muslims to be able to depart the country.

“These traffickers will stop at nothing to earn from their racket.They have even abused religion to evade immigration inspection,” Tansingco said.