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At the immigration counter of Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, Philippines.

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3 Filipinos bound for UAE, Syria, Lebanon ‘rescued’ from human trafficking

A Filipino bound for the UAE, and two others headed for Lebanon and Syria were “rescued” after they were assessed as victims of human trafficking at the airport.

According to the Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Monday (June 12), the three travelers were not allowed to board their flight after they were assessed as “clear victims of human trafficking”.

“In all these cases, the victims recounted that they were recruited via social media by illegal recruiters who processed all their travel documents,” said BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco.

Tansingco said all of the victims initially claimed to be tourists, but later changed their statements during the secondary inspection.

The UAE-bound traveler was found to have a fake visa for Saudi Arabia. The Syria-bound traveler pretended to accompany a minor, while the passenger bound for Lebanon claimed to want to travel to Malaysia for a vacation. Both admitted to working as domestic helpers.

Philippine authorities have repeatedly warned nationals to be wary of illegal recruiters and human traffickers who offer fake jobs abroad and force victims to work in online scam companies. ICA/Expat Media

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