A 68-year-old Japanese man was detained Friday at Manila’s international airport on suspicion of trafficking a minor, the country’s aviation security authority said Saturday.
Akio Watanabe, who reportedly resides in Manila, was stopped at Ninoy Aquino International Airport with an 18-year-old Filipina accompanying him before they were to board a flight for Japan, according to investigative sources.
Personnel at the airport’s passport control area raised the alarm when the minor was found to be using a Japanese alias. She was quoted as saying that she was poor and wanted to work in Japan.
They are now in the custody of the National Bureau of Investigation, which is investigating whether there are any organized crime ties.
Source: Japan Today Image: ABS CBN News