BI boosts southern border stations’ security to deter human trafficking
More Immigration intelligence agents have been deployed at border-crossing stations in Mindanao and in Palawan, as reports on cases of trafficking in humans continue coming in from the two areas.
Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente said the agency is assessing the deployment of more immigration officers and agents to six border-crossing stations in the South to stop trafficking victims from leaving the country through the backdoor.
"We are strengthening our border control operations in the South due to reports of the presence of foreign terrorists and that of victims of human trafficking ... with the help of syndicates and illegal recruiters,” he said.
Intelligence information indicate that most of the victims are initially brought to Malaysia from the Philippines before finally transporting them to destinations in the Middle East where they will be hired as maids and for other low-paying jobs.
?Morente said this after authorities rescued 33 trafficking victims, all women, in Tawi-Tawi. The 33 were rescued in two separate operations on Turtle Islands and in Sitangkai town.
?He said that authorities arrested two suspects in the Sitangkai operation.
Meanwhile, police in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi said the women were supposed to board a ship bound for Zamboanga before they are sent to Malaysia and then to their workplaces in Dubai. — LBG, GMA News