2019-05-03 19:19:38

Seven Filipinos who were victims of human trafficking in the Middle East have been flown back home from Iraq.

The Philippine Embassy in Baghdad said in a Facebook post on Thursday that the seven Filipinos sought their help between February and April this year and had nothing but the clothes on their backs.

“We thank everyone, notably our Iraqi friends who helped us during their three-month-long stay, especially those who provided them with clothes, luggage and shoes,” the Embassy said.

Earlier this month, 13 Filipinos fell victim to human traffickers after being relayed from Dubai to Iraq between  July 4 and December 22 last year. One Filipina was promised a job in Dubai but ended up in Iraq and was allegedly abused by her employer.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reminded all Filipinos who wish to work overseas to be cautious about job opportunities being offered online. It said trafficking syndicates lure victims through social media by offering non-existent high-paying jobs in places such as Dubai.

The DFA also reminded Filipinos that a deployment ban remains in effect in Iraq and that anyone who enters the country without visas will face imprisonment and hefty penalties if caught.

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