May 22, 2024

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Malta remains top trafficking destination- BI

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has reported the interception of two human trafficking victims
bound for Malta.

BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco said the victims posed as friends travelling as tourists as
they prepared for their April 29 flight to Bangkok at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA)
Terminal 2.

According to the BI Chief, the passengers initially declared leaving for a 4-day vacation and
presented proof of local employment at dental clinics in the country.

“Both women later admitted during secondary inspection that their final destination is Malta and
that their documents were only handed to them by an unknown person that same morning
outside the airport,” added Tansingso.

The victims, however, were unaware that their employment visas to Malta were already cancelled even before leaving the country.

They added that they were instructed by their recruiter to wait for the rest of their travel documents upon reaching Bangkok.

“We call on the public to exercise caution in dealing with recruiters. Several investigations have shown exploitation of domestic and foreign victims in the Mediterranean, and this has long been a cause of concern,” said Tansingco.

“The BI understands being enticed by greener pastures abroad, but by not going through the correct process, aspiring migrant workers risk getting abused overseas,” he added.

Meanwhile, the trafficking victims were turned over to the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) for further investigation and filing of appropriate charges against their recruiters.