An American Woman has been detained at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila because authorities found a baby in her luggage. As far as strange items to pack goes, a six-day-old child in your bag probably ranks near the top. Investigators are looking into the case, as they wish to protect the child from human trafficking.
At around 6:20 a.m. last Wednesday, the country’s immigration office received a strange report. The Philippines Immigration Bureau spokesperson, Melvin Mabulac, told the press that they were informed that there was a 43-year-old woman who came to the airport with a child in her bag. Immediately, authorities were sent to investigate and protect the child.
When airport staff inspected the woman's oversized carry-on suitcase, they found a 6-day-old infant inside https://t.co/qBrjr8i0vx— ABC13 Houston (@abc13houston) September 4, 2019
The woman was travelling alone, and she only had documents for herself. Upon inspecting her oversized carry-on suitcase, immigration officers found a child inside. CNN Philippines reports that the baby is only six days old. She claimed to be the baby’s aunt, and this was her justification for travelling with the infant. However, she provided no documents to prove that she truly is the guardian of the baby.
She was detained at the airport, and immigration authorities handed the case over to the Philippines National Bureau of Investigation’s Anti-Human Trafficking Division. Even if she truly was the baby’s guardian, there’s still little to no justification for putting an infant inside a bag. Especially for a baby so young, there are so many dangers and hazards in placing a baby inside a carry-on suitcase. The baby could suffocate, their bodies bruised or broken because the bag is being thrown around, and they can get emotional and mental trauma from the incident. No guardian in their right mind would put their child inside a bag to travel out of the country.
There are many laws in place in the Philippines that safeguards kids from human trafficking. Unfortunately, there have been many cases of human trafficking in the country, especially of young children. While cases like this one are bizarre and intriguing, they do highlight the ongoing issue. Children need to be protected from adults who wish to exploit them.