Gulf Air baby’s mother may be victim of human trafficking or sexual crime, says NBI


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The suspected mother of George Francis, the baby abandoned in a Gulf Air plane, may be a victim of human trafficking or a sexual crime, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said in a PhilStar.com report. According to NBI spokesperson Cecilio Zamora, the woman, who is an overseas Filipino worker, claimed she did not receive her promised salary from her employer in Qatar, reports ABS-CBNNews.com.

The case is under investigation, NBI Director Magtanggol Gatdula said. "We are still studying if (the mother) can be charged for violating R.A. 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act, and Article 276 of the Revised Penal Code (Abandoning a Minor)." PhilStar.com reports that Gatdula said the NBI’s main concern is her psychological, emotional and mental state. He added that the agency is looking for the supposed mother’s employer and recruiter to shed light on the issue.

Gatdula said the unnamed woman told investigators that she is the mother of George Francis, according to PhilStar.com. Prior to that, she also admitted the same thing to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Cavite Rep. Lani Mercado-Revilla. According to Revilla, the woman said she regrets abandoning George Francis and wants to be with him. George Francis is currently under the care of the DSWD.

Swab and blood samples were taken from George Francis and his alleged mother for DNA analysis.

For more on this story, log on to PhilStar.com and ABS-CBNNews.com.

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