The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) issued a warning to Filipinos seeking jobs abroad against sex trafficking syndicates using social media to offer work in Malaysia, Singapore, and other countries.
The DFA issued the warning after the Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur recently repatriated 27 Filipinas who were earlier rescued from a sex trafficking syndicate operating in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
The victims were recruited through social media.
“We urge our kababayan to think twice before applying for the various job opportunities abroad that are being offered online,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano said.
“There are numerous cases of Filipino jobseekers who apply for these online job offers but end up in virtual bondage in a number of countries abroad,” Secretary Cayetano said.
Cayetano said Filipinos who want to work abroad should first check job offers with the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) or the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) before applying for them.