25 human trafficking victims rescued in Davao

Subscribe Now June 21, 2011 at 06:42pm

Twenty-five suspected human trafficking victims were rescued by operatives of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in a dormitory in Davao City last Monday. NBI agents rescued the victims from the Jade Valley Dorm Complex in Arellano Extension in Davao.

The operatives also caught suspected illegal recruiter Jennifer Bacus.

Jobs in Canada

Most of the vicitms were offered jobs as housekeepers, receptionists and bellboys in a hotel in Quebec, Canada.

According to the victims, Bacus collected money from them, ranging from P8,000 to P100,000. Bacus allegedly said that she will process their papers.

One of the recruits, "Alex," said that he paid Bacus P8,000 and was not given an official receipt.

But the victims started doubting Bacus when the recruiter produced no results.

The victims said that their training was constantly being re-scheduled. It was also discovered that none of Bacus’ recruits was able to book a flight to Manila for their medical examination, set on June 23.

Illegal operation

NBI operatives discovered that Bacus was recruiting illegally, as she did not have the papers allowing her to bring workers outside the country.

Bacus, however, denied recruiting her victims, saying that she was supposed to go with them to Canada and look for jobs herself.

She added that she was only helping her relatives get jobs outside the country.

But her recruits said that they were not related to Bacus.

The NBI said that they have already received complaints against Bacus, most of which were for swindling and estafa.

Bacus will be charged with large-scale illegal recruitment and estafa. The NBI is still determining how much money Bacus was able to swindle from her victims.

Source: abs-cbnnews.com



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