Briton, Pinoy wife arrested for illegal recruitment

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 17 2009 05:12 PM | Updated as of May 18 2009 08:12 PM

More than 400 aspiring Filipino migrants complained to authorities that they were fooled by a recruitment agency owned by a British national and his Filipino wife.

Kevin and Shereen Taylor were arrested Saturday night in an entrapment operation and were brought to Camp Crame for investigation.

 According to one of the complainants, she was encouraged to apply at Taylor’s Visa and Travel Consultancy after she read the flyers stating that there are job openings in Britain, United States, Canada and Australia.

She and other Filipinos who want to work abroad immediately applied at the agency located in San Mateo, Rizal.

“Halimbawa po ako, sinabihan nila na may trabaho na raw ako sa UK bilang hotel staff,” shared the complainant named “Gilda.”

False promises

The applicants gave P10,000 each for the processing of their papers. It has been a year since they paid Taylor’s but they said nothing has happened to their visa application.

They consulted the Philippine Overseas and Employment Administration (POEA) regarding their situation. They found out that Taylor’s Visa and Travel Consultancy was not licensed by the POEA.

The complainants even said that they have as witness an employee of the recruitment agency, who also accompanied them when they filed a complaint against the Taylors.

“Naawa kasi ako sa kanila, marami silang pangarap na nabigo dahil sa pinaggagawa ng mag-asawa,” said the employee who went by the name “Daisy.”

The Taylors, meantime, refused to give a statement.

According to the Task Force against Illegal Recruitment, the married couple will face the charges of estafa and large scale illegal recruitment. -- Report from Apples Jalandoni, ABS-CBN News