Part III: Human Trafficking Victim in Malaysia
|March 9, 2012||Posted by Mitchteryosa under Illegal Recruitment|
Wednesday, March 7 at 5:54pm, while I was on duty doing ocular visit to hotels for our upcoming event next month, I received an alarming SMS from Lovely saying:
Te, nasa police station ako. Nakatakas ako.
I immediately called her just to know if she’s okay and treated well in the police station, and also to keep her calm and occupied. I also called Mr. Esparto. With much luck, while Lovely was “running” literally, finding her way out of that “place”, Mr. Esparto was calling her just for an update. He told me that he is on his way to the Police Station which was 30 minutes away.
I was nervously shaking, and praying that these policemen were not controlled by her Employer. I also reported the news to Bantay OFW Team and they made sure that our “contacts” are intact.
40 minutes later, I called Lovely again to check on her. I was glad that Mr. Esparto made it on time. My worry was somebody from the club might also come to the police station and take her back before Mr. Esparto could take her.
That same night, Lovely was taken to the shelter provided by the Philippine Embassy. I personally thanked Mr. Esparto for doing such action and not letting us down this time. He also promised that he will be escorting Lovely to the Airport as soon as she got her flight schedule, and help her sort her ticket expenses. He’s forgiven for advising my cousin to take a cab instead during the first attempt of escape.
I also called Consul General Villa and asked how soon can they send her home. As expected, there was no concrete answer and that everything will be coordinated with DFA and OWWA. How soon? That I do not know.