Filipino jobseekers eyeing Lebanon warned about human traffickers

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MANILA, Philippines–The Bureau of Immigration on Thursday warned Filipinos eyeing employment in Lebanon to be wary of human traffickers after the agency caught five human trafficking victims on their way there.

Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. said prospective overseas Filipino workers should be on their guard after his men caught five Filipino women bound for Beirut, Lebanon.

The ban on new OFWs going to Lebanon remains in place and the Department of Labor and Employment only allows returning OFWs, or those who already have jobs there, to go to that country.

Lawyer Ma. Antonette Mangrobang, BI acting intelligence chief, said the five women were intercepted at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on last Dec. 28 as they were about to board a Thai Airways flight to Bangkok.

Mangrobang said the passengers were invited for secondary inspection after they were assessed as “suspected tourist workers” by members of the BI travel control and enforcement unit at the airport.

She said their names were not divulged as the Anti-human Trafficking Act prohibits the public disclosure of identities of human trafficking victims.

“They admitted during questioning that their trip to Bangkok was just a diversion as their final destination is Beirut,” Mangrobang said.

The women reportedly admitted that they have relatives in Lebanon and that they would work there as domestic helpers, chamber maids and baby sitters.

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  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    In the ’70s, pinoys left the country for political and some economic reasons. Now, ang lahat ay ang latter at maski na sa pinaka delikado mga lugar ay pinupuntahan para lang takasan ang kahirapan! walang saysay ang economic data improvement ng bansa kung hindi nararamdaman ng mahihirap!

  • DakuAkongUtin

    WHo knows well how to backstab a fellow kayumangmang? No other but a fellow kayumanggi. They know the pasikutsikut sa mga pamaraan dyan.  

  • themask celestial

    Its ironic, the Lebanese has  also a large of population  overseas due to the same reason as Phils-economic reason. Like pinoy, they are also in most parts of Africa, Europe, and Asia to work/have business overseas and yet our kababayans still prefers to work in their country. Nakakaawa na talaga tayo.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    WALA KASING TRABAHO SA PILIPINAS PURO PANTAWID GUTOM LANG!!

  • DakuAkongUtin

    The ones who backstab fellow kayumanggis are fellow kayumanggis….Hala mag sisigaw kayo dyan a kapwang dugo .

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FKE56ZWNI2XKEVVLZQGRWG7WBI BURADOR—Phil. Voice

    Lebanon and JORDAN are NOTORIOUS of MALTREATING their MAIDS—This country are BARBARIC and LOVES to have CHRISTIAN MAIDS——Their people are NOT better off the PILIPINOS and their ECONOMY is NOT even BETTER than that Philippine economy—
    There is NO REASON for Pilipino DH to WORK in that HOLE—-

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