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Overseas job seekers warned by BI vs schemes offering call center jobs

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“Beware of schemes that promise legitimate call center jobs but ultimately lead individuals into engaging in criminal activities abroad. It is crucial to verify the authenticity of job offers and protect one’s own interests. We are committed to safeguarding the rights and welfare of our fellow citizens.”

BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco issued this reminder for aspiring overseas workers, whom he advised to only seek employment abroad through the Department of Migrant Workers, to ensure their protection from traffickers.

The BI chief issued the statement after four passengers who are reportedly victims of an elaborate illegal recruitment scheme were intercepted at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 on Tuesday by Bureau of Immigration (BI) officials.

Tansingco expressed deep concern and issued a stern warning to professionals, urging them to exercise caution and vigilance against falling prey to deceptive recruitment schemes.

The intercepted victims consisted of a man and three women who are in their 20s to 30s and were intercepted after the BI received information from an anonymous source providing details about the recruitment activities involving the four individuals.

BI spokesperson Dana Sandoval said that in their email, the victims said they had been deceived and recruited under false pretenses to work in Cambodia’s online casino industry.

The passengers initially claimed to be employed in the country, and are traveling abroad for tourism. However, during the investigation, they confessed that they had been unlawfully recruited as telemarketers for an online gaming company, enticed with a promised monthly salary of 800 USD.

The BI withheld the identities of the four victims in compliance with anti-trafficking laws. They were immediately turned over to the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) for assistance in filing legal cases against the recruiters.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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