Human Smuggling Syndicate Transfers to Cebu Airport; Operations Stopped in Manila, but Continue in Cebu

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Human Smuggling Syndicate Transfers to Cebu Airport; Operations Stopped in Manila, but Continue in Cebu


Byline: Raymund F. Antonio

Legitimate job placement companies are asking concerned government authorities to check the "rampant human smuggling activities" in Cebu wherein Filipinos seeking jobs overseas are transported illegally to Cyprus and in other countries in the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

But what really happened is that immigration authorities, who had earlier "stopped" human smuggling at the Manila International Airport, had only driven away the crooks who had only moved to the Cebu airport where departure screening authorities are lenient.

Most of those "booked" for flights to Cyprus are domestic workers who reportedly receive $ 400 a month.

The report on human smuggling activities at the Cebu airport came from Raul de Vera Jr., president of the Associated Agencies Accredited to Cyprus.

De Vera said they found out that undocumented Filipino contract workers have been using the Cebu airport as their gateway to the Middle East and Southeast Asian countries.

He also pointed out that escort service agents who facilitate the illegal recruitment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) for employment abroad are doing their illegal activities "under the nose of airport officials" at the Mactan International Airport in Cebu. …

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