BI stops illegal recruitment victim at Cebu airport

BI stops illegal recruitment victim at Cebu airport

By: - Reporter / @zacariansINQ
/ 02:58 PM April 09, 2024

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Tuesday said it intercepted the alleged illegal recruitment of a woman at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA).

According to the BI in a statement, its immigration protection and border enforcement section halted the victim from departing through a Philippine Airlines flight to Bangkok last April 2.

“The victim, 26-years-old, whose name was withheld in compliance with anti-trafficking laws, said that she was sponsored by a Chinese national who she met on a Facebook group,” said the BI.


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The victim said she was recruited as a tutor and house helper and was promised a monthly salary of P25,000.

Immigration officers even said that the victim had already been stopped in a previous incident in March but continued to insist on departing despite knowing the illegal circumstances of her recruitment.

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Meanwhile, BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco reiterated his warning to Filipinos against online recruitment.

“We have observed that many of these trafficking victims are often recruited through [Facebook] messenger or groups on social media,” said Tansingco.

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“Avoid entertaining such officers, and only apply through legal means, through the Department of Migrant Workers,” he added.

The BI then endorsed her case to the MCIA Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking for further investigation.

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