ALERT Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) intercepted a suspected courier for a human trafficking syndicate who attempted to escort out of the country five of his victims with spurious travel documents.
BI port operations division chief Grifton Medina said the suspect and his victims were stopped from leaving the country last Friday as they were about to board a flight to Tokyo, Japan at the NAIA terminal 3.
According to Medina, the alleged courier and his companions were turned over to the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) for investigation and filing of appropriate charges.
He said the passengers’ names were not divulged, as the law prohibits the public disclosure of names of suspected human trafficking victims.
Medina said the suspect’s attempt to spirit his victims abroad was foiled after immigration officers noticed inconsistencies in their answers to questions and doubted the authenticity of documents they presented.