A SINGAPOREAN and 13 Filipinos have been arrested in a police raid on a suspected illegal recruitment racket in a city south of Manila.
Police Chief Inspector Elizabeth Jasmin, a spokesman for the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), said Singaporean Yvonne Phua, 55, was arrested on Friday along with Filipino couple Michael Abellar and Joy Abellar, who were said to be operating an illegal recruitment firm inside a building in Las Pinas city.
Chief Inspector Jasmin said Phua liaised between her husband, who reportedly owns a maid agency in Singapore, and the Abellars.
Phua was charged on Saturday with human trafficking and illegal recruitment.
Philippine police also rescued 39 women, who were reportedly being prepped for deployment to Singapore when they raided the office.
Police identified the firm as the PEM Maid Employment Agency. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network