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Human trafficking victim with fake stamp intercepted at NAIA by BI

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Officers of the Bureau of Immigration- Travel Control and Enforcement Unit (BI-TCEU) nabbed a human trafficking victim who was supposed to fly to the United Arab Emirates at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 on April 30.

The victim reportedly attempted to leave the country via a Cebu Pacific flight to Dubai and upon secondary inspection, the victim, a female, admitted that she was invited by her cousin who allegedly processed all her documents, and that she gave her passport and boarding pass to an unknown woman riding a taxi outside the airport.

BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco said the the woman who received the victim’s passport came back 15 minutes after, handing her an already stamped passport prior to going to the immigration departure area. The passport was then sent to the BI’s forensic documents laboratory later confirming that the border stamp is counterfeit.

The TCEU officers then sought the assistance of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) assigned at NAIA for standard turnover procedure.

Tansingco warned human traffickers who will attempt to employ said schemes: “Our officers have wide-ranging measures to detect and deter fraud. We will continue to safeguard the public against trafficking and aid in bringing these perpetrators to justice,” the BI chief added.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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