27 Vietnamese Workers Saved from Human Trafficking in the Philippines



BNN Correspondents BNN Breaking

December 22, 2023

In a sweeping operation against human trafficking, the Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced the rescue and repatriation of 27 Vietnamese workers. These individuals were purportedly on the brink of being sold by traffickers to a company in Cebu. The group, accompanied by a Chinese manager, two Filipino drivers, and a Filipino interpreter, was intercepted at Terminal 2 of Ninoy Aquino International Airport on October 31.

A Timely Intervention

Upon interception, the BI promptly cancelled the victims’ work visas and initiated their repatriation process. Norman Tansingco, the Immigration Commissioner, revealed these details in a press release reported by ABS-CBN News. However, he refrained from disclosing additional details concerning the company or the nature of work the trafficked Vietnamese individuals were being inducted for.

Zero Tolerance Against Illegal Activities

Through their decisive action, the BI has reiterated its zero-tolerance policy towards foreigners exploiting the Philippines for illicit activities. The matter does not end here; currently, seven more Vietnamese individuals are awaiting repatriation.

Philippines: A Hub for Human Trafficking Networks

The Philippines has emerged as a preferred destination for human trafficking networks originating from Vietnam and neighboring countries. Victims are often sold off to online gambling operations. In a significant operation in May, Philippine police rescued over 1,000 suspected human trafficking victims, including 437 Vietnamese. They were duped into coming to the Philippines, detained, and coerced into online scam operations. These victims were made to work up to 18 hours a day, with their passports confiscated, and salary deductions imposed for socializing or taking extended breaks.

Impact of the Belt and Road Initiative

The narrative also touches upon the 10th anniversary of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). This expansive infrastructure development project, initiated by President Xi Jinping, has now spread its wings into healthcare, education, and technology sectors.




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