EIGHT women including four teenage girls on board a ship at Zamboanga City pier were rescued by elements of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) from human trafficking, a report reaching PCG headquarters in Manila revealed on Friday.
Based on the report, the women were already on board M/V Ever Queen of Asia when Coast Guard Station (CGS) in Zamboanga received a report that women, including four teenage girls, were to be victims of human trafficking and illegal recruitment.
Upon the receipt of the report, operatives from CGS-Zamboanga deployed its Vessel Safety Enforcement Inspection (VSEI) team together with operative from Field Station South Western Mindanao (FWSWM), Sea Base Anti-Trafficking Task Force (SBATTF) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DWSD) to jointly inspect the vessel. CGS-Zamboanga said that the vessel was about to sail from Zamboanga to Jolo, Sulu when the operatives arrived.
An initial report by CGS-Zambonaga said that the inspection team found and rescued the eight women including the four teenage girls onboard the vessel. The report added that the women were confirmed to be victims of human trafficking and illegal recruitment.