MANILA, Philippines - Two Filipino women who were promised employment in Europe but ended up in Turkey are expected to be repatriated soon, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Thursday.
According to a DFA statement, both Filipinas claimed they have been worked in Libya for three years as domestic helpers when a certain "Alice" offered them facilitation for travel to Europe.
The two allegedly paid Alice $500 each for the trip.
Instead of landing jobs in Europe, the Filipinas were sent to Hatay, some 700 kms. Southeast of Ankara, in early August where they were arrested by the Turkish Jandarma (Constabulary Army) who endorsed them to local immigration authorities.
"Stripped of whatever remaining money and valuables that they had by the human smuggling syndicate ... the two OFW's are now being assisted by the Embassy for their immediate repatriation," the DFA said in the statement.
According to the HumanTrafficking.org, Philippine men, women, and girls are usually trafficked for labor and sexual exploitation to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, South Africa, North America, and Europe.
"Many Filipino men and women voluntarily migrate to work abroad but later coerced into exploitative conditions," the group said.
In 2006, the group said the number of women trafficked range from 300,000 to 400,000 and the number of children trafficked range from 60,000 to 100,000. - GMANews.TV