Man nabbed for duping Pinays into prostitution in Thailand
Government agents have arrested an alleged illegal recruiter victimizing Filipinas who want to work abroad, a report by GMA News' John Consulta on "24 Oras" said Wednesday.
The report said the suspect, Rollend Nicole Tecson, is part of a syndicate that promises its victims jobs as domestic helpers in Saudi Arabia but deploys them using tourist visas.
However, the victims are brought to Thailand where they are given working visas by an accomplice.
Tecson was arrested Wednesday by members of the National Bureau of Investigation - Anti-Human Trafficking Division at the Terminal 1 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport while accompanying a departing female, who is believed to be his latest victim.
The report, citing the NBI, said the victim would be forced to work as a prostitute in Thailand.
It added that Tecson, who is facing human trafficking charges, even posed as a lawyer during his arrest.
Tecson initially denied that he was an illegal recruiter, but later on gave in and pointed to an accomplice in the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration.
"Ipapatanggal yung employment visa para pag na-check sa immigration hindi mahalata. Tourist siya kunwari," he said.
Once in Thailand, the working visa will be pasted over the tourist visa, he added.
When Consulta asked him if the modus operandi involved someone inside the POEA, Tecson said, "Meron, sir." —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News