BI foils departure of 6 Iloilo trafficking victims

December 11, 2019

OFFICERS of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) assigned at the international airport in Iloilo City have intercepted six suspected female trafficking victims who attempted to leave the country for Lebanon where they were said to have been illegally recruited to work as domestic helpers.

BI spokesperson Dana Sandoval said the bureau’s travel control and enforcement unit (TCEU) reported having stopped the women at the departure area of the Iloilo International Airport (IIA) last December 1, as they were about to board a Cebu Pacific flight to Hong Kong.  All of them were turned over to the IACAT in Region 6 for assistance and further investigation.

‘Upon arriving in Hong Kong, they were supposed to board their connecting flight to Beirut and end up working there as household service workers (HSWs) without the appropriate overseas work permits,’ said Ma. Timotea Barizo, BI-TCEU overall supervisor, who added that the trafficking attempt was foiled after they were tipped about the trafficking attempt.