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BI intercepts 2 women, recruiter claiming to be tourists

Norman Tansingco
BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco. (JERRY S. TAN)

Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Norman Tansingco intercepted two female victims and their alleged recruiter at the Clark International Airport (CIA) in the afternoon of May 22.

The BI’s Travel Control and Enforcement Unit stated that the three passengers initially claimed to be tourists bound for Hong Kong, flying out via Cebu Pacific Airlines. The two victims and their supposed recruiter were turned over to the CIA Inter Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) for further investigation.

The two victims claimed to be working as nannies for their traveling companion “Pauline”, 60, who was with two minor children. The names of the victims and suspect have been withheld in compliance with anti-trafficking laws.

When interviewed separately, it was found that they were bound to the United Arab Emirates to work as household service workers, and were offered a salary of 1600 Dirhams.

Both victims shared that they stumbled upon the recruitment via Facebook, and were instructed to travel with “Pauline” and her children and pretend they were her employees.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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