Falsified birth document leads to repatriation of Filipino girl

August 4, 2010 10:51 am 

MANILA, Aug. 3 — A Filipino domestic in Saudi Arabia was recently repatriated to the Philippines after it was discovered that she was just 16 years old and had frequent disagreements with her employers possibly due to her immaturity, it was learned from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

In this regard, the DFA reiterated anew that 23 is the minimum age required of a prospective household service worker (HSW) to Saudi Arabia and violations by deployment agencies is punishable by cancellation of recruitment licenses and heavy fines.

“Recruitment and deployment of minors is a grave violation of Philippine and Saudi laws, punishable by cancellation of deployment licenses as well as fines not exceeding a million pesos,” Philippine Consul to Jeddah General Ezzedin Tago said in report to DFA.

In the case of recent repatriate “Lamona,” whose true identity DFA withheld, a falsified birth certificate was used to apply for her passport.

“Aided and abetted by criminal elements, her papers were processed and she was deployed to Taif (near Jeddah) as an HSW,” said Tago.

Due to frequent disagreements, her employers relinquished her to the Philippine consulate-general. Her employers helped with her exit visa and she was repatriated within a week of the discovery of the fraud, Tago said in his report to DFA.

“We have recommended the blacklisting and filing of appropriate civil and criminal charges against Lamona’s recruiter and placement agency,” Tago added.

Only last week, 57 distressed Filipinos were repatriated from Jeddah. Of this number, eight were minors, though it is not clear if Lamona was among them. (PNA)



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