3 human trafficking victims repatriated

August 28, 2023 Jun I. Legaspi 258 views

MEMBERS of the immigration protection and border enforcement section or I-Probes reported the repatriation of three victims of human trafficking last August 24.

In a report to Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Norman Tansingco, I-Probes Chief Ann Camille Mina said the three women, who arrived on board a China Southern Airlines flight from Guangzhou, China, were illegally recruited to work abroad.

The victims were all in their 40s and were recruited to work as waitresses and household workers.

The three all left as tourists but were reportedly scammed after receiving false promises of receiving work visas in China.

They reported China immigration police arrested them for overstaying and they stayed more than a month in jail.

Authorities from the Philippine Consulate in Guangzhou intervened and assisted the victims’ return to the Philippines.

“This is but one of the possibilities that our kababayans may face if they work illegally abroad. We urge aspiring overseas workers not to resort to illegal means to be able to work,” he added.

The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) gave assistance to the three upon their arrival.