Illegal Recruiters are everywhere with countless Filipinos hoping to get employed overseas, it probably shouldn’t be surprising that some unscrupulous individuals have taken it upon themselves to victimize the gullible.
In case you have fallen victim to these illegal recruiters, there are some things you can do about it. By taking action, you may possibly prevent these illegal recruiters in victimizing more people in the future.
First and foremost, you should report the matter to the Legal Assistance Division, Anti-Illegal Recruitment Branch of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). Otherwise, you may also report it to the regional offices of POEA or Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) near your area, or the local offices of National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and Philippine National Police (PNP).
Your complaint should include the following information:
- Your full name and address
- The name/s and address/es of alleged illegal recruiters
- The specific act/s and/or omissions complained
- The date, place, and approximate time when the act/s and/or omission was/were committed
- Amount of money spent, if any
All these details, along with any related documents, should be submitted to the mentioned offices. By filing a formal complaint, you will be able to alert the authorities about the individuals or organizations doing such illegal activities. This could lead to them getting arrested in the future which will, of course, allow you to help out future applicants who may be victimized by these dishonest people.
It sure can be a frustrating experience to be an illegal recruitment victim, especially if you have spent some money during the process but again, the best thing you can do is to ensure that others will not fall into the same trap. So never hesitate about the idea of informing the authorities right away.