Police rescues 25 victims of human trafficking syndicate in Tawi-Tawi
AUTHORITIES have rescued over the weekend twenty-five persons said to be potential victims of human trafficking at a port in a remote village in Tawi-Tawi province, police reports said.
Reports reaching the PNP central operations center in Camp Crame on Monday said that the 25 persons were rescued AT around 11:30 am Saturday at the Sea Port in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi.
The reports said that the operations leading to the rescue of 25 persons, allegedly to be smuggled out to Sabah, were conducted jointly by Anti-Trafficking Task Group (PATTG) and Bongao Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATFAT).
Tawi-Tawi Provincial Police director, Senior Supt. Rodelio Jocson, said the rescue operation were conducted following information on alleged group of persons to be smuggled out at the said port.
Jocson said that the rescued potential victims of human trafficking have been turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for proper disposition and counseling.
Because of its close proximity to the boundaries of Philippines and Malaysai, Tawi-Tawi province was being used as either transshipment or jumping point of syndicate engage in human trafficking and smuggling.