Pinay trafficked to Iraq set to return home: embassy


Posted at Apr 04 2019 02:16 AM

MANILA - A Filipina who was a victim of human trafficking in Iraq is expected to return home Thursday.

In a statement, the Philippine Embassy in Iraq said alias Joyce, who was promised a job in Dubai but ended up in Iraq, was released from detainment Wednesday.

"We thank everyone, especially our dear friends in Basra, for sorting things out with prison officials and helping us send our Kababayan 'Joyce' back home," it said.

"She burst into tears the moment she saw us this morning. And more so when we told her she's flying today, mere hours after her release from jail."


The embassy said Joyce was among 22 victims of human trafficking who were about to fly home in December 2018.

However, Joyce was detained at the airport after her employer in Basra, who maltreated her, filed a case against her.

The embassy, meanwhile, cautioned Filipinos against illegal recruiters.

"To those who are eyeing jobs in Dubai with shady details, may this story serve as a warning to always be careful. If the offer is too good to be true, it is not true," it said.