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Filipino 'Sex Slaves' Rescued in Malaysia

December 16, 2007

Three women who were rescued from a flesh trade in Malaysia on November 9, 2007 and repatriated to the Philippines on November 15, 2007 filed charges of illegal recruitment and human trafficking against their recruiter.

The Manila Standard Today newspaper said Philippine Vice President Noli de Castro, the presidential adviser for overseas Filipino workers, accompanied the unnamed complainants to the Department of Justice in Manila, where they filed the charges. The recruiter is an unnamed Filipina.

In their complaint, the women recounted that a Filipina recruited them to work in Malaysia as waitresses. They said a Malaysian immigration officer facilitated their entry into Malaysia even without proper documents obtained from Philippine government agencies that regulate overseas employment.

Once in Malaysia, they were force to provide sexual services to customers. They were not allowed to leave a house where they were confined. They claimed there are 40 other Filipinas in the sex den in Labuan and the recruiter is hiring more from the Philippines.

Adapted from: Windsor Genova, "Filipino 'Sex Slaves' Rescued In Malaysia Sue Recruiters For Human Trafficking." 24 November 2007.


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