MANILA, Philippines – An estimated 6,000 Filipinos leave to work overseas every single day – fathers, mothers, siblings, or even an entire family. (INFOGRAPHIC: Getting to know the OFWs)
To secure a job overseas, OFWs and their families spend large amounts of time and money to pay for fees, paperwork, as well as trips to and from hometowns and cities. But in many instances, prospective workers can be scammed by illegal recruitment schemes.
According to government data, migrant workers continue to be victims of illegal recruitment
despite laws against it. A total of 1,592 illegal recruitment cases
were reported to the Department of Justice (DOJ) in 2016. But this excludes cases that have either been dropped or not reported at all.