Monday, January 31, 2011

Again? Filipino women arrested attempting to fly to Lebanon

Similar information was reported earlier this month: The Philippine's Bureau of Immigration prevents 9 women from illegally flying to Lebanon

Hunt down recruiters of OFWs who pose as nuns - religious group
By Helen Flores (The Philippine Star) Updated January 31, 2011

The article from the Daily Star, Monday, January 31, 2011:

MANILA: Six women were detained at Manila airport after being caught trying to sneak into Lebanon dressed as nuns in a bid to get around a travel ban to the country, the immigration bureau said Saturday

The women were pretending to be on their way to Hong Kong for a religious seminar but their unusual dress and behavior alerted officials, the bureau said.

Under questioning they eventually admitted they were on
their way to Lebanon to work as domestic helpers.

The Philippines has banned people from going to Lebanon to work as helpers since 2007 due to the security situation and inadequate legal protection for its laborers.

“Their appearance aroused our suspicion especially after we noticed that one of them had red shoes, a colorful handbag and wore her nun’s costume improperly,” airport immigration officer Joel Valencia said in a statement.

Investigators are now trying to locate the man who illegally recruited them for work in Lebanon, the bureau said.

Despite the travel ban on workers, many Filipinos have gone illegally to work in Lebanon, circumventing the restrictions by travelling through third countries. – AFP

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