Dubai: Manila’s Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has warned Filipinos in opposition to taking bogus task offers to Dubai, Turkey, and European cities, which traffickers use to lure victims to paintings as maids in Iraq.
In an advisory, the DFA warned that the trafficking network is running in Pampanga, Pasay City, and the use of Dubai as a springboard to Iraq. The caution changed into issued after 8 more trafficking sufferers were secured via the Philippine Embassy in Baghdad ultimate month and flown again to the Philippines.
Based on legit statements accrued through the DFA from trafficking sufferers from July 2018 to March 2019, illegal recruiters usually offer jobs in Dubai, Turkey, or European cities, promising candidates that their visas to those cities might be to be had at some stage in their transit in Iraq.
Earlier this yr, a trafficking sufferer detained at Basra Prison turned into sooner or later released for deportation, but best after three months of detention for visa violations. She got here to Iraq using a Kurdistan go to visa, which was now not valid for her stay in Basra from July 2018.
Filipinos who’re residing, working, or visiting in Iraq are advised to observe that their Kurdistan visas will no longer be valid in Baghdad, Basra, or other provinces in Iraq outside of the Kurdistan provinces of Erbil, Duhok, and Sulaymaniyah.
Those who violate visa regulations are meted with imprisonment and hefty consequences.
The Philippine government presently has a deployment ban for Filipinos who’re considered ‘new hires’ to Iraq. Officials advised Filipinos who want to work overseas to first test activity offers with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration to recognize if they’re legitimate gives.
Below are the early warning signs of fraud/trafficking:
Applicants haven’t furnished copies of their visas to the intended vacation spot
Vague records concerning the nature and situations of the work supplied by the recruitment business enterprise
Applicants aren’t in control of their very own identity documents, including IDs or passport, and are advised to assert to authorities that he or she is just a visitor traveling to a specific metropolis
The enterprise recruiting them has no permanent cope with, and their sellers do no longer display their full names and get in touch with info; candidates are advised to pick out specific immigration lanes at some point of departure from the Philippines
Victims are instructed that there’s no Philippine Embassy in Iraq and applicants need to coordinate with particular people in case of emergencies.