BI foils 3 human traffic attempts in Manila, Cebu

February 19, 2020

THREE more human trafficking attempts were thwarted by the Bureau of Immigration (BI)  with the recent interception of eight victims at the airports in Manila and Cebu.

Reports from the BI’s travel control and enforcement unit (TCEU) disclosed that five of the victims were stopped at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) while three others were intercepted at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA).

BI Spokesperson Dana Sandoval, said the five female passengers intercepted at NAIA last Feb. 13 and 16 were all bound for Bangkok when intercepted, but they were actually supposed to proceed to Dubai where they were illegally recruited to work as household service workers.

“They claimed that they were traveling to Thailand as tourists but later admitted that their purpose in going abroad was to work.” said Sandoval.  “They hid their visas and connecting flights from immigration authorities,” she said, adding that the trafficking attempts were foiled at the height of implementation of the travel ban on passengers from China, Hong Kong and Macau due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  

Meanwhile, in Cebu City, three women were stopped from leaving last Feb. 10 as they were about to board their flight to Japan.  

Sandoval said the passengers presented spurious documents purportedly showing that they are gainfully employed in the country.

“They claimed that they will be vacationing in Japan, and that their trip was sponsored by their employer.  A confirmation with their documents, however, revealed discrepancies,” she added.

The women were subjected to interviews and later confessed that their documents were merely given to them by their handler.