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Philippines 06 May 2021 | 7:00 AM

Underage girls trafficked to Syria via ‘baklas passport’

UNDERAGE girls from Min­danao, some as young as 14, were being sent to Syria using tampered passports under a scheme hatched by unscrupulous recruiters and immigration officers, a Senate committee learned, as it peeled a new layer in the insidious trafficking of young women to the war-torn nation.Sen Risa Hontiveros, chair of the Senate women and children committee, presented video clips on Tuesday of three women who recounted their experiences being trafficked to Damascus as minors through a “baklas passport”, in which their names and birth dates were forged so that they could leave the Philippines unchecked.

Singapore 19 Mar 2021 | 7:00 AM

‘Sugar daddy agent’ dupes women

Unable to afford the services of sex workers, a man pretended to be an agent for rich “sugar daddies” and duped at least 11 women into having sex with him so that he could purportedly “test them out”.