THE Philippine embassy in Baghdad has intensified its drive against illegal recruitment of Filipinos in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s policy to curb human trafficking, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.
It noted that Iraqi authorities tightened security on routes normally used by illegal recruiters.
“Filipinos are reportedly being brought to Iraq using visit visas. Later on, victims are ‘sold’ as household workers to families in Iraq,” the DFA said.
On September 15, the Asuwera Checkpoint Police intercepted a group of four men transporting a Filipino to Basra. The Al Masraah Police Station then informed the Philippine embassy, which immediately dispatched a team to assist the Filipino identified only as “Glo.”
Glo was repatriated to the Philippines on September 17. Charges were filed against the four men.
The DFA again reminded Filipinos in Baghdad and other parts of Iraq to take the necessary precautions in view of the ongoing unrest in the country.
“Filipinos, especially those in Baghdad, are advised to remain indoors and to avoid any movement, especially in areas where demonstrations are taking place,” the department said.
Filipinos were also advised to make sure they have enough food and water and to call the Philippine Embassy in Baghdad if they require assistance.
The DFA urged those who have relatives in Iraq to relay the advisory.