ANOTHER human trafficking attempt was foiled by Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) following the interception of three women who were illegally recruited to work as bar girls in Hong Kong.
The BI’s travel control and enforcement unit (TCEU) said the passengers were intercepted Friday morning at the NAIA 1 terminal as they were about to board a Hong Kong Airlines flight. They attempted to leave in the guise of being tourists but the immigration officers who processed them noted numerous inconsistencies in their statements, and referred them for secondary inspection.
The three initially presented fake tickets, as well as posed as employees of a travel agency. During the interview, they admitted they were going to work in Hong Kong and that they were promised salaries of 500 HK dollars a day.
The BI said that women were reportedly hired as club entertainers abroad are prone to become victims of human trafficking as there have been reports that many of them are eventually forced into prostitution.
It was learned that the intercepted women were recruited by a female agent whom they only met via Facebook. They admitted they each spent P15,000 for their plane tickets but the cost of processing their travel documents was shouldered by their recruiter whom they will pay through salary deduction.