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2 suspects fall for illegal recruitment in Paco

June 20, 2023 Hector Lawas 216 views

TWO women suspected of engaging in illegal recruitment for overseas employment in South Korea have been apprehended by agents from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Paco, Manila.

The two suspects were captured during an entrapment operation conducted by the NBI-Cybercrime Division (NBI-CCD).

Following their arrest, they were subjected to an inquest at the Manila City Prosecutor’s Office for violating Republic Act (RA) No. 8042, commonly referred to as the “Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995,” as amended by RA 10022, in connection with RA 10175.

The operation was initiated in response to a complaint lodged with the NBI-CCD, alleging illegal recruitment.

The complainant claimed that on June 9, 2023, while browsing Facebook, they came across several posts on a profile under the name “Asarim Rumbaoa,” advertising job opportunities abroad and recruiting applicants.

Eager for employment, the complainant contacted and communicated with the individual through Facebook Messenger.

The suspect introduced herself as “someone with authority” to recruit workers and facilitate overseas employment and claimed to have connections with Hard Earned Opportunities, Inc., an alleged licensed recruitment agency.

She promised the complainant a job as a “fisherman” on a fishing vessel in Korea, with a monthly salary of US$400.

The suspect instructed the complainant to visit their office in Paco, Manila, for a meeting. On June 13, 2023, the complainant met with the suspect at the designated office location, where the suspect reiterated the availability of the job opportunity in Korea.

However, in order to secure the job, the complainant was asked to pay a processing fee of P35,000.

Noticing the absence of laminated licenses or permits on the office walls and with the office appearing “bare,” the complainant decided to verify the official address of Hard Earned Opportunities, Inc. and contacted the recruitment agency to inquire about the suspect’s affiliation.

The complainant was informed that the suspect was “neither an employee nor connected” to the recruitment agency and that “no job order” for a fisherman position in Korea existed. Consequently, the complainant filed a complaint with the NBI-CCD.

An entrapment operation was launched on the afternoon of June 13. The suspect contacted the complainant, requesting “payment” for the processing fee.

They agreed to meet at the suspect’s office address, where the complainant was instructed to hand the payment to the secretary.

Accompanied by an undercover NBI-CCD agent posing as another prospective applicant, the complainant engaged in discussions with the suspects. Eventually, the complainant handed the payment to the secretary.

A prearranged signal was then relayed to other NBI-CCD operatives, prompting their intervention and the subsequent arrests.