By Jun Ramirez
Bureau of Immigration (BI) officials at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) sought the blacklisting of an Omani who allegedly tricked two Filipinas to travel and meet him abroad to perform sex acts in exchange for money.
BI port operations chief Grifton Medina said he recommended the inclusion of Khalid Khalaf Gharib Al Shuraiqi in the immigration blacklist after two of his would-be victims were recently barred from leaving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
Medina said that Al Shuraiqi’s scheme was revealed when members of the bureau’s travel control and enforcement unit (TCEU) at the NAIA Terminal 2 intercepted the two victims last Sunday before they could board their Philippine Airlines flight to Bangkok.
Medina said that the passengers, whose name he refused to divulge as prohibited by anti-trafficking laws, admitted that they agreed to meet up the Omani who wanted to sleep with them together.
“One of the victims said she was promised P5,000 a day if she and her companion would stay and engage in sexual relations with said Omani for eight days,” Medina said.
When asked why she agreed to the offer, the victim allegedly replied that she needed the money because she is the breadwinner of the family.
According to BI Commissioner Jaime Morente, foreigners enticing Filipinos to engage in prostitution are considered undesirable aliens.
“These predators are preying on the vulnerabilities of our people, and do not deserve the privilege of entering our country. They pose a serious threat to our kababayans, especially the poor, who may be swayed by false promises of money,” said the BI Chief
The women were eventually turned over to the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) for further investigation and assistance.