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688 potential trafficking, unlawful recruitment victims rescued in 2021 — BI


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MANILA, Philippines — A complete of 688 potential trafficking and unlawful recruitment victims have been rescued by airport immigration officers in 2021, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) stated on Sunday.

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente stated 13,680 passengers have been deferred by immigration officers final yr, largely for having improper documentation.

The BI’s Journey Management and Enforcement Unit stated that of the determine, 491 have been potential human trafficking victims whereas 197 offered counterfeit or questionable abroad work permits and job contracts.

Supposed human trafficking victims and people with suspicious permits and contracts have been turned over to the Inter-Company Council In opposition to Trafficking and the Philippine Abroad Employment Administration, respectively.

“Some widespread schemes that these human traffickers and unlawful recruiters would make use of is the issuance of pretend paperwork or tampered visas to their victims, falsified marriages, the continued try to make use of vacationer visas to work overseas, and duping underage Filipinos to work as family staff,” Morente stated in an announcement.

He added that 326 minors and underage victims have been intercepted in 2021. Of which, 18 took the identities of different people.

“There may be nonetheless a lot of minors and underage victims posing as respectable staff that have been intercepted this yr regardless of the pandemic and regardless of the continual warnings we have now issued,” the commissioner stated.

Morente cautioned aspiring abroad Filipino staff anew to keep away from unlawful schemes to work overseas.

“These unlawful schemes have already been uncovered by the BI, and we carry on issuing warnings to our kababayan (fellow residents) towards them. Don’t fall prey to those scammers and traffickers, they may solely offer you false guarantees and put you at risk,” he warned.

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