MANILA - The Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group's (PNP-CIDG) arrested early Friday morning alleged illegal recruiters who promised their victims fake farm jobs in Japan.
Operatives of the PNP-CIDG Anti-Transnational Crime Unit (ATCU) arrested Luz Barroga and Gloria Sanchez, both Pangasinan residents, in an entrapment operation at a fast food chain in Vito Cruz, Manila.
Barroga and Sanchez were caught after receiving boodle money from eight victims.
The victims filed complaints at the ATCU after they discovered that the two suspects were not licensed by the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency to recruit overseas workers.
The victims said they were promised with jobs as dairy farm workers in Japan and were asked to pay P50,000 for the placement fee, medical fee and processing fee.
The victims added that the suspects repeatedly asked for money, but that they were never deployed.
The suspects will be charged with large-scale illegal recruitment and large-scale estafa.
The CIDG called on victims of illegal recruiters to cooperate with authorities and give information to the ATCU.
The ATCU said they have previously arrested four members of the Amor Baruelo illegal recruitment syndicate in a separate entrapment operation.
The Baruelo Group is suspected to be one of the largest syndicates operating in the country, with victims numbering more than 1,000 nationwide.