BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL
Five women from Aklan tried their luck to travel to Dubai via Singapore when they fall in an entrapment operation on Friday afternoon at Kalibo International Airport (KIA).
Inside the Kalibo airport terminal building, the five women asked an airport security guard to facilitate their travel to Singapore in exchange for money.
Suspecting that something was wrong, the airport security guard informed the media and subsequently the local police of the ‘modus’ operation.
Police said the security guard acted to help and to allow free pass of these women in the immigration counters out of Kalibo International Airport to Singapore.
When one of the would-be domestic workers gave their passports and P15,000 cash to the security guard at around 2 p.m. Friday, the police operatives came into the scene.
The airport security guard from a private agency informed the police that the alleged illegal recruiter ‘negotiated’ with him last May 20 to help the Singapore-bound workers.
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The illegal recruiter is described as Bombay-looking and Aklanon-speaking woman, chubby and standing 5 feet and 3 inches in height.
The alleged woman illegal recruiter, however, evaded arrest when she immediately boarded a hired tricycle out of Kalibo airport area.
Police said the rescued women, aged 24 to 40 years old, four of them from New Washington, Aklan and another from Old Buswang, Kalibo, Aklan, were tricked by the recruiter to accept jobs in the Middle East.
They were initially turned over to KIA Aviation Security Group and were brought to Kalibo police station for investigation.
Women intercepted this year by immigration officials were using the Kalibo International Airport to travel to Middle East via Hong Kong, Singapore or Kuala Lumpur, where they pick up entry visas to Dubai.
As of this month of May, 11 passengers were stopped by immigration authorities from boarding their airplane due to lack of proper travel documents.
They were turned to the Kalibo municipal social welfare office for custody and were established as possible victims of illegal recruiters.
These women pretending to be tourists and were offered free plane tickets and placement fees but actually they are planning to stay or work illegally in Middle East.
The illegal recruiter, who was positively identified, managed to elude arrest when the Kalibo police swooped at the suspect’s house on Friday.
Meanwhile, immigration authorities have stepped up its procedures to monitor and combat human trafficking and illegal recruitment in Kalibo airport.