3 fake tourists stopped at NAIA

The three admitted during questioning by the BI travel control and enforcement unit that they were actually bound for Vientianne, Laos to work as customer service representatives

The Bureau of Immigration reported yesterday that three more suspected victims of human trafficking were intercepted at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport over the weekend while trying to leave the country as tourists.

BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco said the passengers were barred from boarding an Air Asia flight to Bangkok, Thailand, at the NAIA 3 terminal.

The three admitted during questioning by the BI travel control and enforcement unit that they were actually bound for Vientiane, Laos to work as customer service representatives.

They said they were promised salaries of P30,000 to P40,000 a month as undocumented workers that do not enjoy the protection of their destination country.

The passengers’ names were not divulged in keeping with the law that prohibits the disclosure of information pertaining to victims of suspected human trafficking.

BI-TCEU acting head Ann Camille Mina said they ferreted out the truth that the three were not tourists when they gave inconsistent statements at the immigration checkpoints.

They also presented fake employment documents to make it appear that they are gainfully employed in the Philippines. The documents were provided by their “handlers,” the three said.

The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking took over from the BI handling the three’s cases.


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