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Two Filipino women were barred from traveling to their supposed flight to Dubai after immigration officials spotted fake stamps on their passports, the Philippine government reported on Saturday (April 22).
In a state-run news agency report, the women were “disguised as tourists but later admitted that they were flying to work as household service workers.” The incident was called out by the authorities claiming that it was “a potential case of human trafficking.”
Commissioner Norman Tansingco said the women met the traffickers at a restaurant and were handed “already-stamped passports and boarding passes,” which they could use supposedly for immigration clearance.
According to the Bureau of Immigration (BI) chief, the victims were directed to wait for escorts but when they got there, nobody arrived, and could no longer contact the recruiters, who they met only through Facebook.
Tansingco warned the public against illegal recruitment scams, reminding the public to be wary of the dangers of trusting strangers online.
Additionally, the victims were turned over to the custody of the Inter-Agency Against Trafficking for assistance in filing cases against the recruiters. RZSP/Expat Media
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