Wednesday, March 14, 2012
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) personnel recently arrested a Filipino-Belgian woman, a suspected human trafficker, who was caught facilitating the departure of three undocumented overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. refused to identify the victims and the suspect, who was apprehended on February 4 at the NAIA 2 departure terminal. The victims were about to board a Philippine Airlines flight to Bangkok when they were intercepted by the BI's Travel Control and Enforcement Unit (TCEU). David said the BI personnel noted the inconsistencies in the answers of the victims on the questionnaires distributed to passengers about the circumstances of their trip. The questionnaire is a new requirement for departing travelers suspected of being human trafficking victims. David said the victims claimed that they paid the Fil-Belgian P500,000 [$11,658] each in exchange for facilitating their trip and employment in France.