Recruiter for 'fake' Hong Kong jobs nabbed in Manila
An alleged illegal recruiter promising jobs in Hong Kong was arrested in an entrapment operation in Manila on Thursday night, GMA News' Mariz Umali reported on 24 Oras on Friday.
The report said Eva Asuncion was arrested on Jorge Bocobo Street in Ermita the moment he received the envelope containing the marked money from her victims.
According to the report, to entice her victims, Asuncion set up a "transient house" where applicants from the provinces could temporarily stay for free.
"Nagtayo pa siya ng transient [house], meron siyang boarding house. Lahat ng mga applicant na galing probinsiya pinatitira niya dun nang libre, yung iba libre basta maga-apply sa kanya" said Chief Inspector Romeo Lanzarrote, deputy chief of the police anti-organized crime unit.
The victims said each of them has shelled out at least P45,000 to Asuncion who promised them faster application to Hong Kong as domestic helpers.
"Naengganyo kami sa alon niya na madalian yung pag-apply sa kanya. Nung pumunta kami sa mismong agency, nakausap namin yung staff dun, nalaman namin na walang seal yung kontrata namin," one of the victims said.
"Puro pangako lang siya ng pangako, pero wala. Alam namin wala na talaga kasi kahit isang text, kahit tinatawagan namin ayaw na sagutin, kesyo nasira raw yung cellphone niya," another victim said.
Asuncion, on the other hand, denied duping the victims.
"Talagang gusto ko lang naman silang [tulungan] kasi humihingi po talaga sila ng tulong sa akin," she said. "Wala pa po silang naibigay na ano, na extra, pan-training lang nila yun at pang-medical."
The report said Asuncion started her illegal activity in 2016. —KBK, GMA News