Illegal recruiters (Photo courtesy of PNP-CIDG)
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Two Japanese nationals and six Filipinos were arrested in Quezon City on Friday (July 20) for large-scale illegal recruitment.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) said the suspects allegedly recruit applicants to Japan via “direct hiring” through a language school named Kansai Care Training Center. The group asks P30,000 each victim for a Nihonggo language training which they say is a prerequisite for a caregiver job in Japan.
A victim said the group promised to send him to Japan this July but after the first schedule lapsed, the center vowed to include him in the September batch.
“Kami po ay taga-probinsya…Nagbigay po sila ng pangako na magandang trabaho sa Japan kapalit ng pagaaral sa kanila ng Nihonggo at pagproseso ng dokumento sa pagpapaalis sa amin,” said alias Rolly, one of the victims.
The entrapment team launched the operation at 1:45 p.m. today after the suspects demanded an additional P12,000 from four of the victims allegedly as processing fee.
CIDG-Anti Transnational Crime Unit (ATCU) Chief PSupt. Roque Merdegia Jr. said the suspects’ modus operandi is known as “enrolment to employment scheme” and the alleged language center is not a registered agency under the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).
The suspects will face charges of economic sabotage, illegal recruitment and estafa.
“It’s a non-bailable offense,” Merdegia concluded. – Lea Ylagan / Marje Pelayo
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