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86 human trafficking victims rescued in Zamboanga

MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) - The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said today that 86 victims of human trafficking were rescued in separate operations in Zamboanga City.

PCG spokesman Commander Armand Balilo said rescue operations were launched on Jan. 10 after the agency received information that two vessels along Petro Bay Wharf in Zamboanga City were carrying human trafficking victims.

Personnel from the PCG boarded M/L Nurhira where they found 50 victims of human trafficking. Another 36 victims aboard M/L Fatimaraiza were rescued in a follow-up operation.

Balilo said the victims were bound for Sabah, Malaysia where they expected to work after an illegal recruiter promised them jobs in exchange for P2,500 ($61.5).

The victims were turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

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