Quantcast
Latest Stories
PH ENVOY:

2 Filipinas rescued from suspected trafficking in US in good condition

By

MANILA, Philippines—Two Filipino women rescued last week from a Virginia home by United States authorities are in good condition as they remain in protective custody of US authorities to provide information for the ongoing investigation of the suspected human trafficking case, the Philippine mission in the US said Tuesday.

The Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C. said Tuesday that its consular officials on Monday visited the two Filipino women at a government office in Virginia to check on their condition and provide them with personal care essentials.

Consul General Ariel Peñaranda and Labor Attaché Luzviminda Padilla spoke for an hour with the two women to learn about the circumstances surrounding their April 30 rescue from the Virginia home where they worked and allegedly experienced abuse.

Details on the meeting were not disclosed in deference to the ongoing investigation.

“They (consular officials) went there to find out their condition and we were glad to learn that both of them are well. They’re in good physical condition and they are being treated well,” said Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Cuisia Jr. in a video the embassy posted on online video sharing site YouTube.

“They’re under the custody of US authorities, who are conducting an investigation to determine if they are in fact victims of human trafficking,” said the envoy.

He said the embassy is ready to provide legal assistance to the Filipinos, whose names continue to be withheld given the sensitivity of the case.

“We have assured the two Filipinas that (the Philippine) Embassy in Washington D.C. is prepared to extend assistance to them, particularly legal assistance should they require it, although they have been [by US authorities] that a public defender will be assisting them,” said Cuisia.

Cuisia also spoke to the women by phone during the consular visit.

During the visit, embassy officials also brought the women clothes, phone cards and other personal items, the post said in a statement sent to the Inquirer.

US immigration officials took protective custody of the women last week after receiving a tip that they were working under “circumstances that amounted to human trafficking” at the home of a Saudi attaché. It remains unclear where information that prompted the rescue came from.

CNN also reported that the women experienced poor working conditions, including being forced to work long hours without pay.


Follow Us


Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Crime , Foreign affairs , human trafficking rescue , migrant Filipinos , US

  • mdc-McNulty™

    Like many Filipino in the middle east, they are not treated well by the arabs. The arabs are not the most humane people in the world, especially to women, but we still go there for the money. But this time, its in US soil, but an attache nevertheless. Anyway, fight and get what is due to you. Suit them and come back home where there are alot of new opportunities. In fact more apportunities in the horizon. Like me, I am back here in the homeland and I loved it. Never looked back !

  • boybakal

    2 Filipinas rescued from suspected trafficking in US in GOOD CONDITION.

    This goes to show that these filipinas are well taking cared of and not slaves as alleged.
    And why not….they work for Embassy Officials.
    For sure, somebody told these filipinas of easy green card reminisced of Ambassador Bajas case.



Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
Advertisement

News

  • Holy fire ceremony draws thousands in Jerusalem
  • Tanchanco, former NFA head; 83
  • Pope seeks to bring faith to ‘ends of the Earth’
  • Meteor shower to light up PH skies
  • Positive in UAE, returning Filipino nurse tests negative
  • Sports

  • Pacquiao top Mayweather contender
  • Rain or Shine, Ginebra clash for No. 6 spot
  • Ateneo eyes quarterfinal spot vs Benilde
  • Style contrast marks OneFC ‘Rise of Heroes’
  • ‘Pacquiao a great ambassador for basketball’
  • Lifestyle

  • Noli Yamsuan, Cardinal Sin’s ‘official’ photographer: ‘I could smell the aftershave lotion of the Pope’
  • Simplifying and lightening life
  • Where to go for Easter night-out
  • Joe de Venecia visits the Queen Mother of Cambodia
  • Fashionistas flock to designer’s wedding
  • Entertainment

  • Why ‘Noah’ can’t dock his ark at Philippine theaters
  • Acclaimed artist goes wild while on holiday
  • Believing in this mermaid
  • Missing Xian
  • Awarded TV couple brings Jesus’ life to the big screen
  • Business

  • Top-selling insurance agent opens her dream café
  • Connecting and transacting with one another
  • Building wealth for health
  • Why Mandaue Foam buys, rather than rents, space
  • A workplace of new possibilities
  • Technology

  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Opinion

  • Epiphany
  • Unpaid creditor vs distressed debtor
  • Moving on
  • From culinary desert to paradise
  • Response to China: ‘Usjaphil’
  • Global Nation

  • Asia seeks Obama’s assurance in territorial spats
  • Cesar Chavez movie sparks memories of Fil-Am labor leaders
  • Filipinos in US poised for success
  • Visas for priests and other faith leaders
  • DOH to continue tracking co-passengers of OFW infected with MERS virus
  • Marketplace