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BI nabs Korean trafficker and five victims at NAIA

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A Korean man escorting five trafficking victims were intercepted by Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 last May 17.

All six passengers were turned over to the inter-agency council against trafficking for filing of appropriate charges against the escort and assistance for the five victims, even as the I-PROBES headed by Bienvenido Castillo III, has also recommended that the visa of the Korean man be revoked and immigration charges be filed against him.

The passengers’ names have been redacted in compliance with current anti-trafficking laws.

In his report to BI chief Norman Tansingco, Castillo said the male Korean, 34. attempted to depart with his victims to Armenia transiting through the United Arab Emirates.

The victims, he said, initially claimed to be traveling to Armenia for a seminar, but later admitted to have been illegally recruited to work as customer service representatives and were promised a salary of 267, 533 Armenian Dram or around P40,000.

The Korean admitted to be affiliated with a recruitment agency, but claimed he was just ‘helping out’ his friends.

However, a check of his records shows that he has previously sponsored another group of Filipinos allegedly for a seminar, but that said Filipinos have not returned to this date.

Castillo said the Korean man was found to have a permanent residence visa in the Philippines for being married to a Filipina.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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