Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila, Philippines. Photo: Google Maps

The Philippine government has warned Filipino women to be cautious about recruiters enticing women to marry Chinese men so they can work in China.

warning from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration said five Filipinas had requested repatriation assistance from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) after being stranded in Tongxu in Henan province, GMA News reported.

The Filipinas were allegedly recruited by two Chinese nationals named Song Gang and Li Chunrong, also known as Steven Lee, who promised them employment in China.

One of the victims said Lee arranged for her to be married to a Chinese man who was staying in the Philippines as a tourist. Lee promised to provide the Filipina’s family a dowry of 140,000 pesos (US$2,617). However, the family only received 100,000 pesos.

The DFA’s Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers said the victims were legally married to Chinese men and had valid residence permits – but their spouses barred them from finding work in China.

The victims also found out that their spouses do not have the financial capacity to support their respective families in the Philippines, contrary to what was promised by their recruiter.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry said some 23 Filipino women had married Chinese nationals in the hope of finding work in China.

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