PEOPLE have to face the harsh realities of our time. Illegal recruiters continue to victimize more and more Filipino workers, including women, seeking greener pastures abroad.
Some sweet-talking illegal recruiters may have perfected the “art of swindling” even college graduates, who are willing to part with their hard-earned money just to work overseas.
But through the years, our overseas job applicants have become wiser because of the rising number of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) returning home penniless and battered.
These problematic migrant workers, many of them female household helpers from the countryside, are mostly victims of foreign and local illegal recruiters and abusive foreign employers.
That’s why agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), which is under the Department of Justice (DoJ), remain committed to go after these wily “economic saboteurs.”
Recently, crack operatives of the NBI arrested 11 suspected illegal recruiters, including an Egyptian and a Sudanese, in separate operations in Pasay City and San Pedro, Laguna.
NBI Director Dante Gierran identified the suspects as Egyptian Ahmed Ragab Ramadan Ahmed, Sudanese Muwafag Yusuf Omer Musa and their Filipino accomplices.
The local associates are Lorezel Mainit Reyes-Sarte, Laila Verano Aquino, Jhona Pestijo Pastora, Rhazmalyn Ibrahim Musa, Josephus Askin Pacer, Vea Casandra Tindugan Berja, Howard Justin Villate Apuntar, Geanmarie Garay Ner, and Julieta Ferrer Mendoza.
The suspects were nabbed after three jobseekers were promised jobs in Saudi Arabia. Later, the victims learned from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration that some of the suspects were not connected to a recruitment agency.
Charged with large-scale illegal recruitment, which is a non-bailable offense, they were presented to newsmen by NBI Deputy Directors Vicente de Guzman III and Ferdinand Lavin.
The NBI’s anti-illegal recruitment campaign reminds us, notably members of the working class, that the country’s manpower export industry is still teeming with unscrupulous people.