Authorities rescued four victims of human trafficking and arrested their recruiter during a joint operation in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, the military said.
Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) spokesperson Capt. Rowena Muyuela, citing a report from Joint Task Force Zambasulta (Zamboanga-Basilan-Sulu-Tawi Tawi) public information officer Ensign Chester Ramos, said the victims were onboard M/L Sea Glory when rescued around 11:00 a.m. Friday.
The four were identified as Marilou Olico, Clarisa Pardines, Claiza Ann Lorez, and Ritz Pas. Their recruiter, Henry Alsamala, who was also on the vessel, was immediately arrested.
M/L Sea Glory was then anchored at Chinese Pier, Barangay Poblacion, Bongao town and bound for Malaysia when the rescue happened.
The joint operation was conducted by elements of the Naval Intelligence and Security Group- Western Mindanao (NISG-WM), Provincial Women and Children Protection Desk- Bongao, Tactical Operations Group Sultaw (TOG Sultaw), Regional Intelligence Unit-9 (RIU9); and 304th Area Intelligence Security Service (304th AISS).
Muyuela said intensified law enforcement operations were continuously being conducted to expedite arrest of lawless groups and curb illegal activities in the province.
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