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Kahit walang office: DOJ assures close monitoring of human trafficking cases at NAIA

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Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete on Thursday (July 9) assured that the government continues its watch against human trafficking at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Perete made this assurance after Justice Undersecretary Emmeline Aglipay-Villar ordered the lockdown of the NAIA offices of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) and NAIA Task Force Against Trafficking (NAIATFAT) after four NAIATFAT personnel tested positive for the COVID-19 disease.

“While our IACAT offices at the NAIA are on lockdown, the existing protocols to detect trafficking situations remain in place,” said the Department of Justice (DOJ) spokesman.

“Under these protocols, passengers suspected of being trafficked will still be referred to strict secondary inspection by the BI,” he explained.

Perete added the IACAT office at the DOJ also “remains open to receive reports of trafficking situations thru their hotlines and even on social media and to act on them accordingly.”

Also, he pointed out that all other IACAT units remain operational including the National Bureau of Investigation’s Anti-Human Trafficking Division (NBI-AHTRAD) and IACAT Operations Center, both of which handles Trafficking in Persons (TIP) cases at the NAIA and repatriation of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

Perete said the IACAT also works with the Bureau of Immigration (BI) and the NBI’s International Airport Investigation Division (NBI-IAID) which conducts surveillance and immediate investigation of possible trafficking cases within the airport.

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