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BI launches TikTok to counter recruitment scams

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IN an effort to counter trafficking syndicates that are recruiting via the social media platform, Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Norman Tansingco announced that the bureau has launched its own Tiktok account.

Saying the BI’s official account on Tiktok is immigph, Tansingco said: “Kailangan nating humabol. These syndicates are using these new platforms in recruiting, hence we believe that we need to use the same channels to reach out to the younger audiences to remind them not to fall victim to these scams.”

Tansingco said that based on reports reaching his office, victims were offered as much as US$1,000 monthly salary to work in call centers in various Asian countries, only to be forced to work as online scammers.

The BI earlier reported that the landscape of human trafficking victims has changed drastically, as recruiters are now targeting young urban professionals to work in shady jobs abroad.

Tansingco reminded aspiring OFWs to seek jobs only though legal means, through the assistance of the Department of Migrant Workers.

The BI chief said that human trafficking is a big societal problem that must be addressed in all aspects.

“Trafficking is a multi-faceted issue and must be addressed from its roots. Government agencies must intensify their campaign against trafficking, starting with a massive information campaign to warn victims,” he added.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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