Two young girls launch bold try to become OFWs in Saudi Arabia; find out what happened

Published April 18, 2021, 7:39 PM

by Jun Ramirez

Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers have separately intercepted at airports two young women who falsified details about themselves in a bold attempt to land work abroad as domestic helpers.

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said members of the travel control and enforcement unit at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and the Clark International Airport caught the underaged victims last week.

One of them assumed the identity of an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who had already left the country to work as a household helper in Saudi Arabia.

The other forged her birthdate to meet the minimum age needed to work as a household helper in Saudi Arabia.

She later admitted her true age during interrogation and even showed to BI personnel her identification card. The photo on the card showed the girl wearing a high school uniform.

The victims, who both came from Mindanao, were turned over to the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking in order to facilitate the filing of criminal complaints against their recruiters.