Valenzuela City, Philippines. Photo: Google Maps

On July 2, Elizabeth Mendoza and Jocelyn Madera were arrested in Valenzuela City, Philippines, after offering non-existent jobs to 20 Filipinos from Valenzuela, Baguio, Tarlac and Pangasinan, ABS-CBN News reported.

According to the police, Mendoza and Madera promised their victims jobs on a farm in Japan with monthly salaries from PHP75,000 to PHP80,000 (US$1,404 to US$1,591).

One of the would-be migrant workers, Romeo Marcos, said he paid the pair a hefty fee to secure a job that never materialized.

Mendoza and Madera were charged with syndicated estafa (swindling). They both denied being involved in illegal recruitment.

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