Envoys to visit Filipino victims of alleged human trafficking in US

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Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Cuisia. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Philippine officials in the United States will visit this week the two Filipino women rescued from a Saudi diplomat’s house in Virginia in a suspected human trafficking case, the Philippine embassy in Washington D.C. said on Saturday.

In a statement to the Inquirer, the embassy said Consul General Ariel Peñaranda asked the “US agencies concerned” on Friday (Saturday in Manila) to allow a consular visit to the rescued women.

“US authorities immediately acted on the request and arrangements are being made to allow Consul General Peñaranda, labor attaché Luzviminda Padilla and welfare officer Saul de Vries to visit the two Filipinos on Monday,” said the embassy statement.

Acting on a tip, US immigration officers last Tuesday swooped down on a home in McLean, Virginia, owned by the Saudi government and took custody of the women who were reportedly working for a Saudi attaché under “circumstances that amounted to human trafficking,” a US official had said.

CNN reported the women complained of maltreatment and being forced to work long hours without pay.

Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Cuisia Jr. said the embassy was prepared to “extend the necessary assistance” to the two. The embassy declined to provide further details given the ongoing US investigation.

It also did not say which US agency was currently looking after the women or their location.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), meanwhile, said it would closely monitor the US probe.

“An ongoing investigation is being conducted by US authorities. We will be monitoring developments in this case,” said DFA spokesperson Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez. Tarra Quismundo

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  • Love God

    STOP THIS MODERN DAY SLAVERY.

    WATCH YOUTUBE DOCUMENTARY:

    “JESSICA SAUDI SLAVE”

    • kanoy

      OFW= PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT ENDORSEMENT OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING

  • http://www.facebook.com/romeonmercy.tabano Romeo N Mercy Tabano

    I tihink the Filipino victims of Saudi Diplomat are safe and well secured at the hands of U S Justice Department and doesn’t need intervention from the Philippine Goverment
    Why not take action on OFW that was stranded in Saudi Arabia who are living in tent there. They need more than help from their own goverment.

    • kanoy

      IRRELEVANT

      1 THE SAUDI HAS DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY AND CAN NOT BE TOUCHED

      The revelation that a Saudi diplomat, living in London, used his status
      to plead immunity to avoid prosecution for indecent assault against an
      11-year-old girl, has focused attention on the concept of diplomatic
      immunity and the law.

      The latest available figures from the Foreign Office show that embassy
      staff based in London escaped charges for 21 serious offenses in
      2002-03.

      2 NO PHILIPPINE OFFICIAL HAS ANY AUTHORITY TO DO ANYTHING CONCERNING US LAW IN THE USA

      NOTHING BUT WASTED HOT AIR

    • $5699914

      IMHO, Saudi has own laws that even the Philippine government/embassy has to follow specially on terms of repatriation. It is not that easy as 1-2-3….furthermore, the way MIGRANTE is adding chaos by presenting themselves as legitimate groups for the OFW, but in truth, they have no personality on the issue. They are just a bunch of users.

  • boybakal

    Human Trafficking? Filipino victim?
    I don’t think so. Filipinos will do everything to leave the Philippines and work abroad.
    Filipinos are everywhere, every map of the world, there is Filipino.
    Their working condition is worst but they can take it and never complain.

    However, once they come to America, they change for an easy money and green card.
    There are whisperers who say hey you’re in america.
    Even our ambassadors are victims of Filipino kasambahays.
    Remember the ambassador who has this filipina as katulong.
    Within one month of working, she escaped and accused the ambassador of slavery.

    Remember too that black Sony executive whose wife is a filipina, what happened.
    A filipina maid accused them too of slavery….result jail and lost of job for that poor man.
    How about those Florida filipinos working in hotel, they accused their employers too of low wages, etc etc.

    Gawain na ito ng mga Pilipino for quick easy money and quick green card.
    Employers beware in hiring Pilipino katulong or domestic help.
    You will be in trouble.

    • jseesus

      ganyan ang mga pinoy, agree first and then complain after. nasa pinas pa lang ang mga yan tinatanong na yan kung papayag ba sa ganitong sahod, walang day-off, walang ganito walang ganun.. Oo lang oo ang mga yan, sasabihin sa sarili bahala na, pero huwag ka pagdating na sa target destination, magrereklamo na.. mga pinoy talaga.. opportunistic… kaya wala asenso.. akhit saang bansa ganyan ang mga yan tapos eto na pinoy emabassy para lang masabi na may ginagawa takbo agad para makialam,,, yan ang pinoy… kakasuka..

  • playamoth

    Kapag nakialam pa ang consulado, mauuwi lang yan sa areglo dahil aapila ang gobyerno ng Saudi. Hayaan na lang yung dalawa at maraming abogado ang magsusolsol diyan at makakapera na sila, magkakapapel pa.

  • farmerpo

    Human trafficking daw. There is no such thing at these day and age. People are where they want to be. Ask POEA, the biggest ‘trafficker’ in the Philippines. Only when the venture turns sour that the flight of the concerned people becomes ‘trafficking’. Talaga lang pong ganyan, may nakakatagpo ng among malupit pero mas marami naman ang sinusuwerte. On the other side of the coin, we sometime have to pay blood money, di ba? Pero tuloy and ligaya, pa Saudi Saudi pa rin.

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