BUREAU of Immigration officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport intercepted eight suspected human trafficking victims who tried to leave the country in the guise of being tourists.
In a report to Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, BI Port Operations Division Chief Grifton Medina said the passengers were intercepted last Saturday at the NAIA Terminal 3 before they could board their Emirates Airways flight to Dubai en route to their final destination in northern Cyprus.
Medina said the passengers were allegedly hired as cleaners in a restaurant while one of them was recruited as a cook.
Medina disclosed that the trafficking attempt was foiled when one of the female victims was referred for secondary inspection to the Travel Control and Enforcement Unit (TCEU) by the immigration officer who doubted her purpose of travel.
The passenger initially claimed said she and her companions were traveling to Cyprus for a vacation, but her answers to questions during the interview were inconsistent.
With Jerry Tan