FDH arrested at consulate for illegal recruitment

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Police escort the suspect to the elevator at the PCG

A Filipino domestic worker was apprehended at the Philippine Consulate General (PCG) in Admiralty on March 24 for illegal recruitment.

The policemen nabbed the 40-year-old suspect at the PCG lobby at around 4 p.m. after she was accused by three other domestic workers of offering non-existent jobs in Canada. The suspect allegedly had collected $78,000 from the complainants.

“Inofferan daw sila ng trabaho sa Canada as caregivers noong June pa pero hanggang ngayon ay wala pang nangyari,” said a PCG official, who asked for anonymity because he was not allowed to talk officially about the matter.

“Yung isa nakuhaan na ng $43,000; yung isa $20,000; at yung isa naman $15,000. Nang lumipas ang ilang buwan at wala pa rin, sinabihan sila na ililipat na lang sila sa London o Paris pero magdadagdag pa sila (ng bayad),” he added.

The official said the suspect was not affiliated with any agency that could legally send workers to Canada, France, or the United Kingdom.

“Kaya nga sinabihan ko sila na hindi rin dapat sila naniwala agad sa sinasabi niya,” the PCG officer said.

He said that while Hong Kong does not have specific laws against illegal recruitment, the suspect could be charged with “deception”.

The PCG official said the suspect was invited to a dialogue at the consulate in Admiralty but it turned out that one of the complainants had already filed a formal complaint with the police and so the suspect was arrested.

“Nakita na lang namin na nag-aabang yung mga pulis sa labas at inaresto na siya,” he said.

A police spokesperson on March 29 said the suspect was allowed to post police bail and was told to return to the police station later for investigation.

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