- Posted April 14, 2014 by
Phl warns OFWs vs pseudo-recruiters
Immigration Commissioner Siegfred Mison on Monday disclosed that BI has asked the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to suspend the licenses of agency operators who “reprocess” documents, including overseas employment certificates (OECs) in their human trafficking activities.
This developed after the bureau linked Muraken International Manpower Services, Emmanuel Staffing Services Incorporated, Al-Sadiq Manpower Corporation to human trafficking activities.
The move comes in view of BI’s continuing crackdown on illegal recruitment and human trafficking, involving even those POEA-registered agencies.
Earlier, Mison said the BI listed at least 13 recruitment agencies that provided fraudulent and reprocessed documents to prospective overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who ended being held and offloaded at the Manila International Airport.
The BI chief said the 15 licensed agencies must face charges for violation of the anti-human trafficking law, as well as illegal recruitment law.
Mison noted the case of one Mary Charmaine, a 23-year old Leyte native, who has been offloaded twice in a desperate attempt to land a domestic helper job in Saudi Arabia though she presented an OEC from POEA to work as a fashion designer.
The woman was first offloaded last January 8 when her papers, provided by Aguila Management and Resources, did not pass.
She used the same Kingdom of Saudi Arabia employment visa and was intercepted again March 14 when BI officers found her papers reprocessed by Hikari Management International, Inc.