PAMPANGA, Philippines — Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers at the Clark International Airport (CIA) intercepted three women who tried to conceal their age by wearing dark lipstick.
According to BI Commissioner Jaime Morente, the three females who attempted to depart for Doha, Qatar to work as household workers were barred from leaving the country after being caught misrepresenting their age.
All three who hailed from Cotabato were referred by primary inspection officers after they doubted their age.
Travel Control and Enforcement Unit (TCEU) officer Pedro Reynaldo III in his report said upon inspection, all three claimed to be 28 or 29 years old.
They presented documentation showing their assumed age but during the interview, the three gave inconsistent statements about their personal details.
“The latter confirmed that they misrepresented their age to be able to work as household service workers abroad,” said Morente.
“They admitted that they are only in their early 20s, and were given instructions by their recruiter to wear dark lipstick to make themselves appear older than they really are. They were told by their recruiter not to fall in line with older passengers so as not to stand out, and were instructed to never admit their real age,” said Morente.
The BI chief said such is a clear “case of human trafficking wherein unscrupulous individuals would victimize young women for personal gain.”
The three were referred to the CIA Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) for further investigation and assistance in filing charges against their recruiters.