Martes, Pebrero 28, 2012

IACAT rescues 22 women and minors from human trafficking



QUEZON CITY, Feb 27 (PIA) -- The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) led a rescue mission that saved 22 women including several minors bound for the Middle East during an operation against human trafficking Monday. 

In a news release, Vice President Jejomay Binay also the Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers’ (OFW) Concerns and concurrent Chairman Emeritus of the IACAT said two of those rescued were due to fly tomorrow from Manila to Cebu then onwards to Dubai where their final destination will be known.

The rescue mission was led by the Office of the Vice President, the National Bureau of Investigation’s Anti-Human Trafficking Division, the Department of Social Welfare and Development and non-government organizations Blas F. Ople Center and the Visayan Forum Foundation.

The NBI conducted surveillance operations on a bungalow located inside the Villanueva Village in Paranaque City following a tip received by the Ople Center from one of the job applicants.

Binay called on the public and local governments to work with IACAT to report suspicious activities to help ferret out the hiding places of the said syndicates.

The Vice President also warned the recruitment agencies not to take advantage of those desperate to gain employment abroad. (OVP/RJB/SDL/PIA-NCR)

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