How Illegal Recruiters Operate
Mar 6, 2015
We all want to work abroad and sometimes this means spending our hard earned money just to be able to go abroad. Don't be a victim of illegal recruitment. This article exposes 12 ways on how illegal recruiters operate.
- Tourist Visa Scheme
- Escort Services
- Blind Ads
- By Correspondence
- Backdoor Exit
- Assumed Identity
- Direct Hiring
- Trainee-Worker Scheme
- Tie-Up or Kabit System
- Visa Assistance or Immigration Consultancy Scheme
- Camouflaged Participants/Representative in Seminars/Sports Event
- Mail Order Bride
Workers leave the country as tourist but are actually leaving for employment abroad.
Workers are 'escorted' at the airport and seaport and allowed to leave even without the required travel documents.
Advertisement for overseas employment published in the dailies that do not indicate the name of the recruiters but provides a P.O. Box to which applications may be submitted
Applicants are encouraged to submit their requirements through mail together with a seemingly small fee.
Workers leave through the southern ports of exit where immigration control is lax. They usually leave on cargo ships or on boats.
Workers leave under another name either using the name of another worker or through the 'barkada' system or obtaining passposts through fake birth certificates and other documents. Minors are normally deployed throough this scheme.
Workers are recruited directly by the foreign employer and deployed either as tourist or through any other illegal means.
Workers are recruited and deployed as trainees on a training agreement. More often, HRM students leaving in the guise of a traineeship program for hotels abroad but eventually landing jobs in hotel/restaurant abroad.
Unlicensed recruiters tie-up with licensed agencies and recruit workers through the facilities of the latter. Workers are either deployed under the job order of the licensed agency but actually work for another employer abroad or the foreign principal of the unlicensed recruiter is registered or accredited under the licensed agency name.
Entities operating under the guise of consultancy or offering services for visa facilitation are actually engaged in recruitment by offering placement abroad on immigrant visa. Some of them also operate through the conduct of orientation seminars, which are actually recruiting activities.
Workers leave as participants in seminars or sports event abroad but actually intend to work there.
Marriage is arranged by brokers between Filipino women and foreigners. The Filipino wife end up being a domestic helper to her husband and her family or in worst situation abroad.
Taken from the Modus Operandi of Illegal Recruiters leaflet of the POEA.