9 trafficking victims held

December 23, 2018

BUREAU of Immigration (BI) officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) have rescued nine more suspected human trafficking victims who disguised themselves as tourists in attempting to leave for South Korea.

In a report to Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, BI Port Operations Division chief Grifton Medina said the passengers were about to board an Air Asia flight to Taipei last Thursday when they were intercepted by members of the bureau’s travel control and enforcement unit (TCEU).

“They admitted that they were actually destined for Korea where they were illegally recruited to work as orange pickers in a plantation in Jeju Island,” Medina said.

He added that the passengers initially claimed they were traveling as tourists to watch a Nanta acrobatic exhibition show on the island.

“When asked, they could not explain and had no idea what the Nanta show is all about and their answers to questions by immigration officers were highly inconsistent,” Medina said.