Mobile Phone Jammers Are Used to Combat Trafficking in Philippines

 

In Philippines, as part of the campaign against human trafficking, government immigration agencies used mobile jammers at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Immigration said it plans to install high power jammers in all of the country’s international airports.

Immigration chief Ronaldo Ledesma said the jammer was a tool to help curb airport traffic.

Ledesma added that the Trafficking Group used mobile phones connecting with its intended victims.

An immigration officer asked not to name it, told that, “The usual goal for traffickers is the travel visa for overseas Filipino workers, the so-called traveler.”

Immigration officials said the way the gangs work “sometimes they are just with some immigration officials at the airport, indicating the intended victim or victim by mobile phones to a particular queue or counter.

The use of jammers is one of several measures implemented by business intelligence and inter-agency anti-trafficking programs, and it has been reported that there has been an increase in the number of Filipino trafficking cases.

Ledesma stressed: “These mobile phone jammers will certainly strengthen our fight against trafficking in human beings.”

He said the property department of the bureau had been ordered to obtain the necessary licenses from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) in order to operate the NAIA handset jammers again as soon as possible.

The Commission is a government agency under the Ministry of Justice that oversees the implementation of the Law No. 9208 or the Anti-Human Trafficking Act of 2003.

John Tugade, head of BI’s property department, said the jammers blockers and their servers are still available in NAIA.

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