• BI uncovers new human trafficking ploy

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    HUMAN trafficking syndicates have found a cunning way to evade immigration authorities at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) by disguising their victims as boxers for international exposure or training in other countries. Last Sunday, alleged courier Rexsan Naval Godala and two of his victims were intercepted at the NAIA Terminal I while about to board a Thai Airways flight to Bangkok, Thailand. Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said Godala, 30, introduced himself as a professional boxing trainer. His woman companions pretended to be boxers wearing jersey shirts emblazoned with a Philippine flag logo. “It turned out that he was not a boxing trainer and that the Games and Amusement Board (GAB) license and letter of authority purportedly signed by GAB Chairman Abraham Mitra that he presented are spurious,” Morente said. The two victims, whose names were not divulged, reportedly confessed during interview that upon arriving in Bangkok they would take a connecting flight to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates where they were hired to work as a maid and waitress, respectively. A case of human trafficking was filed against Godala before the Pasay City Prosecutors’ Office.

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