PHILIPPINES: 2 Malaysian Nationals victim of human trafficking— An investigation was taken for the involvement of Malaysian nationals against human trafficking.
Incident of human trafficking hit Philippines again, this time involving 2 Malaysian nationals, said to be overstaying in the city of Zamboanga.
This so called human trafficking refers to form of modern slavery which occurs when one person exerts control over another person in order to exploit them economically. In this scenario, the victim is controlled through manipulation, violence, or the threat of violence and cannot walk away.
According to Chief Inspector Alexander Lorenzo, identification of the two suspects were pending until complete investigation by authorities is taken.
The two Malaysian nationals attempted victims, whose names are withheld for their safety, to depart for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia via Air Asia last June 9.
According to the Bureau of Investigation, a certain Brother Panisilyam Santiago, a Malaysian national, recruited the two to work as caregivers in Malaysia.
As the country known for its destination and a source of women and children subjected to trafficking in persons, specifically conditions of forced prostitution and for men, women, and children who are in conditions of forced labour. Thus, Philippines are usual victim of this case in search of greater economic opportunities.
The suspects were arrested yesterday, July 7 at Mampang Village, Zamboanga City. They were given proper and legal action, based on the gathered reports.
Seabased Anti Trafficking Task Force together with PNP and Military Intelligence in coordination with the Presidential Anti Organized Coordinating Council conducted the raid.
Filipinos had been warned by Immigration Commissioner Siegfred Mison, not to fall victims to such modus operandi.
According to him, “We are strengthening our fight against human trafficking and illegal recruitment,”, “These illegal recruiters promise greener pastures, but in many cases, workers end up underpaid and working in inhumane conditions,” he added.
For further investigation of the case, both two Malaysian nationals were now turned over to the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking. IMAGE/ REUTERS