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Monday, November 21, 2011

BI Presses Drive vs Illegal Recruitment, Human Trafficking

THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) will continue to offload suspected victims of illegal recruitment and human trafficking so long as there are Filipinos who are subjected to involuntary servitude and abusive working conditions abroad.

This assurance was aired yesterday by BI Associate Commissioner Abdullah Mangotara, as he likewise appealed to the public for understanding and support while urging travelers with complaints against immigration officers for alleged extortion or arrogance to provide names and solid information so those responsible can be dealt with and punished accordingly.

Mangotara said there will be no letup in the bureau’s campaign against human trafficking because the syndicates involved do not stop in “exploiting the vulnerabilities of our poor countrymen.”

“While the BI recognizes the right to travel of every Filipino, human trafficking poses a threat to the people’s right to life and liberty. There can be equivocating: the preservation of life and liberty is a higher calling, a higher duty that we must discharge — and discharge without hesitation,” Mangotara said.

He also stressed that the BI foresees cases of human trafficking to persist due to the consistent demand for Filipino labor and because of the belief among many Filipinos that working abroad will usher in better lives for them and their families.

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