NEWS:Philippines to Hunt Women-Trafficking Foreigners

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Jyothi Kanics (jkanics@igc.apc.org)
Mon, 14 Dec 1998 15:17:17 -0800 (PST)


Philippines to Hunt Women-Trafficking Foreigners

MANILA (Dec. 11) XINHUA - The Bureau of Immigration of the Philippines
Friday ordered investigation into 11 foreign-owned establishments in Manila
suspected of engaging in mail-order bride operations.

Immigration Commissioner Rufus Rodriguez ordered the bureau's intelligence
sector to create a team to conduct round-the-clock surveillance of these
establishments.

He disclosed that representatives of the Commission on Filipino Overseas
recently voiced concerns over the proliferation of mail-order bride
syndicates in the country, suspecting some of the foreigners were behind
the illegal trafficking of Filipino women abroad.

Most of these establishments are located inside hotels, apartment and
condominium units where marriages between Filipinos and foreigners were
being arranged without the required processing and documentation.

Rodriguez said his bureau will coordinate with other government agencies in
pursuing the arrest and prosecution of the operators of these mail-order
bride syndicates.


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