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The Bureau of Immigration and airport security will look into the usage of phony entry passes

On Wednesday, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) and the Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced that they will work together to conduct a thorough investigation into the rise in human trafficking attempts employing forged travel papers, such as entry credentials for airports.

Chief of the BI Port Operations Division (POD), Carlos Capulong, was given instructions by Commissioner Norman Tansingco to ask the airport authorities to look into the situation.

After police and airport security detained a number of victims this month, he gave the order.

According to reports, three victims who were apprehended in early November utilized phony airport access credentials while posing as workers of several airport concessionaires to get access to the boarding gates.

They were also found to have fake immigration stamps on their passports and boarding passes.

After learning that a second female victim had been detained on November 16, the BI head increased the urgency.

The Kuala Lumpur-bound victim attempted to enter the employees’ entrance using a bogus access pass. Fake stamps were also on her boarding pass and passport.

According to Tansingco, prior victims may have utilized the employees’ admission to dodge severe immigration departure inspections and leave the country to work illegally in nations like Myanmar.

“We are looking into a number of victims of a trafficking ring that recruits our kababayans to work as call center agents abroad before sending them to another nation to become internet scammers. Our goal is to determine whether these two cases are connected. The BI head continued, “This is already a significant security issue, and we feel the necessity to report the subject for a comprehensive investigation, in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies and the MIAA.

A similar occurrence happened in 2014 when BI agents detained four trafficking victims who tried to enter through the door for employees.

“Since this keeps happening, something needs to be done to put a stop to it. We have strong departure procedures in place, and we have to make sure that all passengers are examined and evaluated by our officers,” he said.

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