Syrian Arrested in the Philippines for Illegal Recruitment

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – A Syrian national was arrested for allegedly recruiting Filipinos to work in the United Arab Emirates although he has no permit from Philippine authorities.

The suspect, 31-year-old Abdulkarim Majed, fell into the hands of the elements of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in an entrapment operation along Roxas Boulevard.

CIDG’s Senior Supt. John Guyguyon said Majed had been recruiting Filipinos to work in the UAE even if he does not have the necessary permit from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration.

The entrapment operation was launched after the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission rescued four of his alleged victims from Mindanao.

The victims complained that Majed promised them work in UAE but was left by themselves after paying the recruitment fees.

CIDG operatives seized two Philippine passports owned by Majed’s alleged victims during the arrest.

Majed failed to show any documents authorizing him to recruit and deploy workers, a violation of Republic Act 8042 or the Migrant Workers Act of 1995. –