Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

A Filipino woman was held at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila for posing as a minor’s guardian in order to fly to Macau for work.

The Filipina was traveling on Sunday evening with an 11-year-old girl, who was allegedly her recruiter’s daughter, and posed as the girl’s guardian in order to get travel clearance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the Manila Bulletin reported.

The Filipina said her flight was sponsored by her recruiter, who she described as a family friend.

Bureau of Immigration port operations chief Grifton Medina said the Filipina attempted to fly to Macau as a tourist under the sponsorship of a domestic worker in Macau.

“She pretended to be the guardian of the child, and alleged that they were bound for Macau to visit her sponsor,” Medina said.

Medina said it was not the first time the sponsor had invited a Filipino to Macau and to pretend to be the guardian of a minor “daughter”. The Filipina admitted that she was promised a job as a waitress in Macau.

Bureau of Immigration travel control and enforcement unit chief Erwin Ortanez said Filipinos who pose as guardians for minors to accompany them abroad is a new scheme by a syndicate to illegally recruit Filipino workers abroad.

The Filipina was turned over to the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking for further investigation and assistance.

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