20 April 2012 - The Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur reported to the Royal Malaysia Police through its Criminal Investigation Division (CID) , Anti Human Trafficking Section and the Embassy rescued four Filipinas victims of human trafficking on April 18 this year.
The four were locked up and forced to work in a night club in Johor Bahru 20 kilomter away from Kuala Lumpur and is near the Malaysian border with Singapore.
The Embassy lauded the quick action undertaken by the Malaysian police.
We appreciate the swift action of the Malaysian police in rescuing our nationals. This proof of the commitment and partnership of our two countries agains human trafficking. Coming right after the conviction of Alfred Lim, this latest rescue is another clear indicator of the commitment and partnership of our two countries agains human trafficking , Ambassador J Eduardo Malaya said.
On March 30 , Mr Lim a Singaporian was convicted by the Session Court of Kuala Lumpur for two counts of human trafficking and sentenced him to three years inprisonment for each count. This was after two Filipinas who fled his placement agency , filed compalints agains him in July 2009 after enduring prolonged periods of abause and maltreatment,.
The victims all from Metropolitan Manila were allegedly recruited and escorted by a certain Ramil Garcia from Manila to Zamboanga, then to Sandakan in Sabah Malaysia, with a promised of high paying jobs in the said country.
Upon arrival in Sandakan , Mr Garcia turned them over to a certain Norminda Buko Whigan for "sale" to night clubs owners as customers service workers . The Filipinas were informed of their real works only upon when their arrival in Sandakan.
After two weeks stay in Sandakan and no offers from club owners , the four Filipinas were transforted by plane to Johor Bahru in West Malaysia on March 29 and offered to a certain owner Emy Wong . The ladies were locked up at the Wong's residence and made to work at the club the following day.
The four ladies with age's between 27-36 years old eventually were able to to ask for help from the Blas F Ople Policy Center and others , which allerted the Embassy.
In the evening of April 18, Malaysian CID Agent accompanied by two Embassy officials proceeded to Johor Bahru in West Malaysia and raided the club.
The club owner had left the club together with the Filipinas minutes the police arrived.
The team proceeded to the Wong's Residence , where the Filipinas were locked up and rescued the four victims. The police also arrested the Mrs. Wong's husband who was in the house . Mrs Wong is now being pursued by the Malaysian authorities.
The Filipinas were then brought before a local judge who issued an interim protection order and are now in a shelter run by Malaysian Police and Welfare Authorities. They will be later turned over to the Embassy for repatriation to Manila.
The Embassy reminded the Filipinos to be aware of the modus operandi of trafficking syndicates , so as to protect themselves from becoming a victim.
The Filipinos should beware anytime they are made to exit through the back door in Tawi-Tawi area with out proper documentation . In most likelihood , they are being trafficked already., the Embassy said.