The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has once again reminded the public — especially those who are aspiring to get jobs abroad — to be wary of illegal recruiters providing dubious and fake documents.
The recent warning came following the statement of BI commissioner Jaime Morente that two passengers disguising as tourists were intercepted at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 earlier this month.
Morente disclosed that the passengers — whose names were withheld for their protection — attempted to board an Emirates Airlines flight to Dubai last 7 October 2021.
In the incident report by the BI Travel Control and Enforcement Unit (BI-TCEU) officers, it disclosed that both passengers were first-time travelers holding fake company identification cards and certificates of employment under a certain apparel company.
Morente said that the two intercepted passenger initially told to the BI secondary inspectors that they were sent by an apparel company to attend training as sales representatives in the United Arab Emirates.
However, the BI officers found inconsistencies in their statements and later, both passengers eventually admitted that their real employment contracts are to work as Household Service Workers for a manager who is working in said apparel company.
Morente also noted that their travel documents were only handed to them by their recruiter at the airport prior to their flight.
The BI chief reminded aspiring overseas Filipino workers to check first with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration to ensure that they will not fall victims to human trafficking.
Morente warned recruiters who falsify documents to deceive BI personnel are committing full violation of the law that is punishable under the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act.
The two victims were immediately turned over to the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking for assistance and further investigation.
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