Posted on December 19, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Philippines Coast Guard successfully raided the Philippine-flagged Vehicle Carrier, ANTONIA 1 on Monday the 16th of December, while the vessel was docked at the port of Zamboanga, rescuing 13 women in the process who were victims of an alleged human-trafficking ring.
The women, which were originally brought onto the ship with the promise of well-paying jobs in Malaysia, were saved by a raid comprising of several governmental agencies, spearheaded by the Philippines Coast Guard.
The vessel, which is owned and operated by Aleson Shipping Line Incorporated, was scheduled to leave the port of Zamboanga, Philippines and was bound for Sandakan port, in Sabah, Malaysia.
The “recruiter” of the sex-trafficking ring, a woman named Sheena Domoslog, was arrested during a separate raid on Wednesday the 18th of December, when she arrived at Zamboanga port via a separate vessel.
“Personnel of BRP Malamawi and PCG District South Western Mindanao – Special Operation Unit secured the perimeter of the vessel and initiated the arrest after one of the victims confirmed the identity of the suspect,” reads the Philippines Coast Guard statement.
The Philippine Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander, Eddyson Abanilla said that the recruiter was known for offering promises of high salaries to Filipino women for jobs in Malaysia, only to then force them into prostitution once they disembarked.
Image Courtesy of Marine Traffic