Police in Malaysia ‘rescued’ 29 Filipinas working in bars in the town of Bintulu in the Malaysian state of Sarawak on June 9.
The Philippines Embassy brought the trafficking issue to the Malaysian police who then acted on the information.
The raid also netted three Filipinos who were ‘caretakers’ of the women. Police believe the men are most likely the one who brought them to Bintulu.
The Philippines has been acting on advertisements and postings for work in Malaysia – job seekers are told to enter the country as a tourist, promising them to convert them to employment visas in exchange for money.
The following message has been issued from Kuala Lumpur: “The embassy reminds Filipinos to be vigilant and not to deal with unlicensed individuals or purported placement agencies, especially online, as they could end up being trafficked.”