• Coast Guard saves eight from human traffickers

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    EIGHT women including four teenage girls aboard a ship at Zamboanga City pier were rescued by elements of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) from human traffickers, a report reaching PCG headquarters in Manila revealed Friday.

    Based on the report, the women were already aboard MV Ever Queen of Asia when the 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.

    Operatives from CGS-Zam-boanga deployed its Vessel Safety Enforcement Inspection team with operatives from Field Station South Western Mindanao, Sea Base Anti-Trafficking Task Force 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.

    CGS-Zambonaga said that the inspection team found and rescued the eight women including the four teenage girls aboard the vessel. The report added that the women were confirmed to be victims of human trafficking and illegal recruitment.

    CGS identified the victims as Ashley Tizon,18, of Poblacion Gefore, Zamboanga Del Sur province; Ayana Fae, 18, of San Pedro, Pagadian City; Sabrina Funtes, 19, of Dumagoc, Pagadian City; and Lea Lane 18, of Danlogan, Pagadian City plus the four unnamed minors.

    The report added that, after the incident the girls were taken into custody by the DWSD for proper disposition. DSWD also conducted further documentation and profiling. Fatima

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