130 human trafficking victims saved by BI since September

Published May 7, 2021, 5:34 PM

by Jun Ramirez

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has caught more than 130 human trafficking victims at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and other ports in the country since September last year.

(Photo courtesy of Philippine News Agency)

This, as BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said that human trafficking syndicates never seem to run out of nefarious strategies when it comes to sending their willing victims abroad despite the strict travel restrictions being imposed due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

He said illegal recruiters use all sort of deceitful gimmicks like falsifying travel documents in order to hoodwink immigration officers and allow their victims to board their flights.

In most cases, these underhanded tactics get foiled since immigration officers can easily check with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) regarding the authenticity of the passengers’ travel papers.

The computer systems of the two agencies are linked to facilitate verification of documents presented by travelers.

The BI chief advised Filipinos desiring to work abroad not to agree to sinister schemes offered by sweet-talking recruiters.

Otherwise, they will not only lose their hard-earned money to these illegal recruiters, but also end up working in extreme hardship on foreign land.