Manila, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has uncovered a new ploy used by human trafficking syndicates in sending their Filipino victims to work abroad after it intercepted two women bound for South Korea who pretended to be married to Koreans.
BI Commissioner Ricardo A. David Jr. disclosed yesterday that the two women were intercepted last July 10 at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) by immigration agents from the Travel Control and Enforcement Unit (TCEU).
David said the passengers, who admitted they were hired to work as factory workers in South Korea, presented fake marriage certificates showing that they are married to Koreans.
He added that the women’s passports were stamped with valid fiancée visas by the South Korean Embassy and stickers from the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO).
“It was evident that their visas were legally obtained and they could not have done it without the help of their recruiters who invented the scheme meant to deceive our immigration officers at the airport,” David said.
The BI chief again declined to divulge the women’s names as the anti-human trafficking act forbids the public disclosure of human trafficking victims. (Jun Ramirez)