Suspected trafficking victim intercepted at NAIA

The Bureau of Immigration reported that an overseas Filipino worker was intercepted at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 on Tuesday morning for misrepresentation.

The female OFW was intercepted before she was able to board a Philippine Airlines flight bound for Jeddah to work as a household service worker.

BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco shared that the OFW, who was victimized by an unscrupulous agency, presented documents stating that she is 24 years old.

Tansingco added that it was apparent in her demeanor that something was off, and she was obviously younger than her presented age.

The victim was able to present a passport with a valid working visa stating that she was 24 years old. However, officers were able to discover that the birth certificate she carried was altered. Current policies require HSWs working in the Middle East to be at least 24 years old.

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