Illegal recruiter nabbed for human trafficking

August 11, 2019

ALERT agents of the Bureau of Immigration at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport recently arrested an illegal recruiter who attempted to facilitate the departure of one of his victims by making it appear  the latter was his employee.

Port Operations Division chief Grifton Medina said the 40-year-old suspect and his 34-year-old female victim were stopped from leaving the country last July 26 as they were about to board a Cebu Pacific flight to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

Medina declined to name the two passengers as the anti-trafficking law prohibits the public disclosure of the identities of human traffickers and their victims.

“The suspect insisted that the victim is employed as a sales and marketing assistant in his travel consultancy firm, and that the company ID and business card presented by his companion are genuine,” Medina said.

However, upon prodding, Medina said the victim confessed that she paid the suspect P25,000 to facilitate her travel abroad and that the identification documents she showed were only given by her alleged recruiter.

According to BI travel control and enforcement unit chief Timotea Barizo, a check of the bureau’s travel database showed it was not the first time that the alleged recruiter facilitated the departure of his suspected victims out of the country.

“Our records show that on May 9 last year he left the country with two female companions on the pretext that they were traveling as tourists and would return three days later,” Barizo said.  “Instead, he came back alone and left his companions abroad.”

With Jerry S. Tan