German national nabbed for human trafficking

Published August 22, 2018, 3:48 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Jun Ramirez

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) arrested a German national who attempted to illegally deploy four Filipinas as caregivers in Germany.

MB FILE - Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente (Ali Vicoy / MANILA BULLETIN)
Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente

In a report to Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, BI Deputy Commissioner Marc Red Mariñas said 72-year-old Herbert Joseph Vogt was intercepted Monday at the Clark International Airport (CIA) in Angeles City, Pampanga.

Vogt was apprehended as he and the four Filipinas attempted to board a Qatar Airways flight bound for Doha en route to their final destination in Germany.

Mariñas recounted that the four women stirred the suspicion of an immigration officer when they initially claimed to be traveling in sets of two and denied knowing each other.

“The victims later admitted during questioning that they were hired to work as caregivers at a nursing home in Germany and were made to lie about the circumstances of their travel,” he said.

Mariñas likewise reported that the victims studied the German language at a popular university in Manila, and confessed that Vogt helped them process their application for the said work.

The women, whose names were not divulged as the anti-trafficking law forbids it, also admitted that Vogt was their German language professor.

Vogt was turned over to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) where he is detained pending the filing of illegal recruitment and human trafficking charges before the court.

The four women were immediately referred to the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) for assistance and further investigation.

Morente instructed BI personnel in the different international airports to be on the lookout for victims who might attempt to leave the country using a similar scheme