BI intercepts 5 victims of human trafficking at Clark airport
MANILA, Philippines — Five Filipino women bound for Malaysia and United Arab Emirates (UAE) disguised as tourists were intercepted at the Clark International Airport, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said Wednesday. The BI said the three Malaysia-bound women were allegedly recruited through a job offer they received online. “Obviously, these women have been victimized by unscrupulous human trafficking syndicates that prey on the poor,” BI port operations division chief Grifton Medina said in a statement. He noted that victims would sometimes being lured into prostitution or be enslaved and given salaries far below industry standards. Due to the incident, BI Commissioner Jaime Morente alerted BI personnel in ports outside Manila to look out for other trafficking victims who might attempt to leave using the same scheme.