Zamboanga City - Personnel of ZCPO Anti-Vice Section led by Police Senior Inspector Garry T. Bahoy, together with SBATTF personnel, PCTC-PAOCC, NISG-WM, DSWD-Regional Office 9, CSWD and WCPD, in coordination with Tawi-Tawi PPO conducted a rescue operation at Hermosa Hotel at about 9:40 AM on August 16, 2015.
The operation resulted in the rescue of ten human trafficking victims from Luzon who were bound for Lebanon via Sandakan, Malaysia. The suspected recruiter identified as Ricardo Atayan y David, 32, Duncaan, Barangay Boalan, was also arrested. According to reports, the suspect was tasked to facilitate the travel of the victims by his boss identified as Paskal Shreih, a Lebanese national who recruited the victims. The victims are presently sheltered at Visayan Forum while Atayan is presently detained at Zamboanga City Police Station 11 for filing appropriate charges in court.
-with report from PO2 Radzben S. Jul, RPIO9