15 Chinese human trafficking victims rescued

Posted at 02/25/14 9:59 PM

MANILA -- The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Tuesday raided nine warehouses in Bambang, Tondo, Manila and rescued 15 Chinese believed to be victims of human trafficking.

Agents belonging to the NBI's Anti-Human Trafficking Division (AHTRAD) and the Bureau of Immigration raided 9 warehouses of plastic, granite, and light bulbs where the Chinese victims were allegedly being forced to work.

The victims were reportedly only holding tourist passports and had no working visas.

"Hino-hold yung passport nila tapos hindi sila basta-basta pinapalabas. Sila yung nagbabantay ng mga kalakal ng mga negosyanteng Chinese dito. Ang possibility diyan baka may mga iligal din silang mga produkto na pinaparating," said NBI AHTRAD Chief Dante Bonoan.

During the raid, two of the victims were found hiding inside carton boxes while the others hid behind a plywood.

One young female victim was also seen crying. She said she was frightened of the commotion that occurred.

The victims were brought to the NBI for identification and verification of their documents.

According to an intelligence report, a certain "David Tan" was the target of the operation against human trafficking .

An NBI source said their target is not the same person as the "David Tan" dubbed as the country's rice smuggling king. -- Report from Zyann Ambrosio, ABS-CBN News