MANILA - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Saturday warned against job offers being made through social media platforms after it rescued 27 Filipinas from a sex trafficking syndicate in Malaysia.
The victims said they were recruited through social media to work "as promodizers selling liquor to customers in 4 establishments in Singapore," Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Charles Jose said in a statement.
"They said they did this on a commission basis but were made to do sexual services as well," Jose said.
They were trafficked to Johor Bahru in Malaysia and Singapore in four batches between June and July, he said.
The victims have been repatriated to the Philippines with the help of Malaysian authorities who rescued them, the ambassador said.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano reminded Filipinos who would want to work abroad to course their applications through legal channels, including the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
"There are numerous cases of Filipino job seekers who apply for these online job offers but end up in virtual bondage in a number of countries abroad," Cayetano said.