The women were recruited from various parts of Luzon Island and had been promised jobs in the oil-rich Malaysia state of Sabah. They were intercepted by the Organized Police Action Center in the capital town of Bongao and sent them back to Zamboanga.
Authorities said the women had no travel documents and that the recruiter promised to fix their papers once they reach Sabah.
The government’s Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force picked up the women at the Port of Zamboanga after they arrived Wednesday by boat.
Port police prevented journalists who wanted to cover the arrival of the victims from getting inside the pier for a still unknown reason.
Local police said the women were handed over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development for interview before they are sent back home. (Mindanao Examiner)