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Recruiters cited for deploying minors

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PHILSTAR

THE DEPARTMENT of Labor and Employment (DoLE) on Wednesday said it had revoked the licenses of two recruitment agencies for deploying two minors overseas.

LGH International Services and Side International Manpower, Inc. will face cancellation of their licenses deploying a 17-year-old and 14-year-old, respectively for work abroad. The two minors were sent to the Middle East to work as domestic helpers.

“These two agencies clearly violated the POEA rules and guidelines for engaging in illegal recruitment and human trafficking that put the security and welfare of two minors at risk and under exploitative practices,” Philippine Overseas Employment Administration Administrator Bernard P. Olalia said.

The 17-year-old worked in Saudi Arabia and did not receive fair wages. The 14-year-old child, was sent to Jeddah and was allegedly turned into a sex slave by her employer. — Gillian M. Cortez

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