POEA suspends 3 agencies for trafficking

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 07 2014 04:28 PM | Updated as of Jan 08 2014 12:28 AM

MANILA - Three recruitment agencies were placed under preventive suspension for illegally deploying workers abroad, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said.

The POEA said Empleos Incorporated, Nahed International Manpower Services, and Ridzkey Human Resources International Services were illegally deploying OFWs to Jordan using Dubai as transit point.

"The scheme employed by the respondents is a prima facie case of trafficking-in-persons considering the fact that the workers were officially processed for UAE but they were deployed instead to employers in Jordan that are not accredited or registered with the POEA," POEA chief Hans Leo Cacdac said.

The agencies' modus was uncovered after the POEA received memos from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Jordan requesting assistance for immediate repatriation of OFWs the former deployed.

The workers ran away from their employers and are currently staying at the Filipino Workers Resource Center in Amman.

The recruitment agencies also failed to immediately repatriate the affected workers even with requests for repatriation from the POEA and the workers themselves.

Cacdac said he issued the order because there are reasonable grounds to believe that their continued operation will lead to further violation of POEA rules and regulations, and exploitation of applicants for overseas jobs.

Cacdac also ordered the inclusion of the names of the respondents in the POEA list of agencies temporarily disqualified to recruit and deploy Filipino overseas workers pending investigation of the cases filed against them.