The Bureau of Immigration uncovered a new human trafficking scheme that involves fake itineraries for aspiring overseas Filipino workers, only to be later illegally transported to the United Arab Emirates.
Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said he received reports from the Travel Control and Enforcement Unit in Manila and Pampanga where several Filipino female workers present work documents bound for Maldives but are actually bound for the UAE.
The immigration chief said this is “another instance of what they call a third-country recruitment, wherein overseas Filipino workers are being sent to work in a country, but are later illegally transported to another country to work there.”
Morente added, “This scheme victimizes our kababayan and tricks them into accepting offers below standard rates. When they get to the third country, many end up being abused but do not report for fear of being deported.”