Seven Filipinas who were bound for UAE have been recently barred from flying out of the country by the Bureau of Immigration (BI).
According to officials, the Filipinas were suspected as victims of human trafficking.
The agency’s travel control and enforcement unit (TCEU) revealed that all seven women insisted that they were working overseas as sales agents and caregivers for the first time.
However, records show that their names cannot be found in the official list of OFWs.
“Verifications showed that they were either not on the records of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration or their travel papers presented were issued to other individuals,” TCEU chief Ma. Timotea Bariso said.
The seven Filipinas have been issued with tourist visas.
They also revealed that they only transacted with recruiters through social media, with their papers provided to them a few hours prior to their flights.