The latest batch of repatriated Filipinos from Thailand and Myanmar were recruited under the same modus.
This was bared by Bureau of Immigration (BI) Norman Tansingco, who said that two batches of trafficked Filipinos were repatriated earlier this week after being rescued by Philippine authorities abroad.
He said that last May 29, a total of six Filipinos arrived on board a Philippine Airlines flight from Bangkok, Thailand. Composed of 4 males and 2 females, all in their 20s to early 30s, all were ‘young urban professionals’ coming from good backgrounds.
“The new face of victims now are really professionals with good jobs here in the country but seek adventure abroad,” said Tansingco. “Some of them are even traveling with their partners or claimed they will be visiting family, and have previous travels,” said Tansingco.
Another batch of repatriated Filipinos arrived on May 30 from Myanmar on board a Philippine airlines flight. The victims were composed of two males and one female, all in their 20s. Two of them left as registered overseas Filipino workers, while one left as a tourist.
All of the victims left the country late last year or earlier this year.
Tansingco said that apart from recruiting professionals in the country, the syndicates are also targeting Filipinos with expiring contracts based in the Middle East.
“These latest batch of victims show that traffickers are using the same modus to recruit young professionals to seemingly-good call center jobs abroad, only to find out that it is a scam,” he added.