BI intercepts OFW with fake identity in Clark International Airport

Marje Pelayo   •   July 13, 2021   •   347

 

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported an incident involving a Filipino worker who was set to leave for Doha, Qatar using a fake identity.

The BI withheld the victim’s identity in compliance with current anti-trafficking laws.

The BI said the victim attempted to depart via Qatar Airways flight No. QR 931 at the Clark International

Airport on Saturday (July 10) to work as a household service worker (HSW) in Doha, Qatar.

Based on reports from Travel Control and Enforcement Unit (TCEU) Officers Johnel Badua and Marc Danes Diego, the victim was referred for secondary inspection after noticing inconsistencies in her statements in the initial inspection.

She claimed to be 27 years old but provided numerous inconsistencies in her story when asked for personal details.

She eventually gave her real name and admitted that she is only 24 years old, leading BI officers to suspect that the woman is a victim of human trafficking.

“These human traffickers go as far as providing their victims documents that assume the identity of others. This has to stop, ” said BI Commissioner Jaime Morente.

Morente added that intercepted human trafficking victims are immediately referred to the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) for further investigation of their recruiters, as well as to provide assistance in filing cases against them.

NBI nabs one for human trafficking in Cotabato City

Marje Pelayo   •   August 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The National Bureau of Investigation – Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (NBI-BARMM) on Tuesday (August 24) announced the arrest of an individual in an entrapment operation in Cotabato City for human trafficking.

Authorities identified the suspect as Bai Sofia Tuas.

According to NBI Officer-in-Charge and Director Eric Distor, the operation stemmed from an information received by the NBI-BARMM regarding the alleged proliferation of human trafficking activities in Cotabato City.

The NBI-BARMM immediately conducted a validation of the information which revealed the alias “Bea” or alias “Pia” as one of the perpetrators.

After two weeks, the NBI was able to establish communication with Tuas and came to an agreement that the latter would provide nine female sex workers for P5,000 each.

Tuas agreed to undercover agents to meet at a hotel in Cotabato City where the female sex workers will be brought.

On August 18, agents from the NBI along with representatives from the Ministry of Social Welfare and Development of BARMM proceeded to the vicinity of the agreed meeting place.

Tuas then informed the undercover agent that they were already inside the hotel room.

After the undercover agents handed over the marked money as payment for the sex workers, they immediately signaled other operatives that the transaction has been done, prompting them to apprehend the suspect and rescue the nine trafficked victims.

Tuas was presented for inquest proceedings before the City Prosecutor’s Office of Cotabato City for violation of R.A. 9208 as amended by R.A. 10364.

NBI nabs four individuals for human trafficking

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 11, 2021

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Wednesday (August 11) announced the arrest of four (4) individuals by the operatives of NBI- Olongapo District Office (NBI-OLDO) for Human Trafficking in Olongapo City.

NBI Officer-In-Charge (OIC) Director Eric Distor said the operation stemmed from an intelligence report provided by Destiny Rescue Filipinas.

According to the group, a certain Jackylou Lastimado and Monica Corum were allegedly conducting human trafficking activities in Olangapo and in nearby municipalities.

The report said both  Lastimado and Corum acted as pimps to prospective clients by procuring, offering, promoting, facilitating or inducing minors specifically high school students and out of school youths by taking advantage of their vulnerability to engage in prostitution and other sexual activities in exchange for monetary consideration.

After validating the report, 2 operations in different venues/hotels were planned by the NBI- Olongapo District Office (NBI-OLDO). Arrested during the operation are Jackylou Lastimado, Ramil Enterno, Monica Labandelo and Jesthony Telan.

The operations also led to the rescue of 10 trafficked victims, six of whom are minors. The minors were turned- over to the City’s Social Welfare and Development Office.

The arrested subjects were presented for onquest proceedings before the City Prosecutor’s Office of Olongapo City on August 5, 2021 for 5 counts of human trafficking under R.A. 9208 otherwise known as the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003 and 5 counts for violation of R.A. 7610 or the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act. AAC

BI intercepts 3 women at Clark Airport for misrepresenting age

Marje Pelayo   •   June 22, 2021

PAMPANGA, Philippines — Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers at the Clark International Airport (CIA) intercepted three women who tried to conceal their age by wearing dark lipstick.

According to BI Commissioner Jaime Morente, the three females who attempted to depart for Doha, Qatar to work as household workers were barred from leaving the country after being caught misrepresenting their age.

All three who hailed from Cotabato were referred by primary inspection officers after they doubted their age.

Travel Control and Enforcement Unit (TCEU) officer Pedro Reynaldo III in his report said upon inspection, all three claimed to be 28 or 29 years old.

They presented documentation showing their assumed age but during the interview, the three gave inconsistent statements about their personal details.

“The latter confirmed that they misrepresented their age to be able to work as household service workers abroad,” said Morente.

“They admitted that they are only in their early 20s, and were given instructions by their recruiter to wear dark lipstick to make themselves appear older than they really are. They were told by their recruiter not to fall in line with older passengers so as not to stand out, and were instructed to never admit their real age,” said Morente.

The BI chief said such is a clear “case of human trafficking wherein unscrupulous individuals would victimize young women for personal gain.”

The three were referred to the CIA Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) for further investigation and assistance in filing charges against their recruiters.

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