November 29, 2023

Recruiter instructs woman to hide work visa

AN illegal recruitment victim was intercepted by officers of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) last September 18 at the Clark International Airport (CIA) Terminal 2 in Pampanga. 

The victim, identified only as ‘Ana’, 37, attempted to depart for Hong Kong transiting in Taiwan on board an Eva Air flight.

However, during primary inspection, the immigration officer noted several inconsistencies, prompting him to refer the victim for secondary inspection.

Ana claimed that she is merely traveling to Hong Kong for a four-day vacation, but was unable to provide basic details of said trip.

Upon further interview, it was revealed that she holds a valid Qatar work e-visa. She later admitted that she was instructed by her recruiter to depart as a tourist, and wait for her work visa to be given to her in Hong Kong.

She was promised work as a promotion specialist, but has yet to receive her contract.  She shared that she was also instructed by her recruiter to delete all documents sent to her.

BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco stated that they have forwarded the case to the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking for investigation and filing of cases against Ana’s recruiter.