2 Brits, Kenyan nabbed for illegal recruitment

OPERATIVES of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) have arrested two British nationals and a Kenyan, along with their 33 Filipino employees, for alleged operation of an illegal recruitment agency based in Makati City.

CIDG chief Director Nilo dela Cruz identified the arrested foreigners as British nationals Timothy Malcolm Sargeant and Karen Denise Wood, both residing in Malabon City, and Kenyan Paul Maundu Nyamai, who resides in Bangkal, Makati City.

The Filipinos who were arrested were working as employees of the International Students Advisors 4 U Inc. owned by the three foreigners, Dela Cruz said.

The CIDG chief said the suspects were arrested during an entrapment operation in Makati City. They will be charged with violations of Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995.

“The entrapment was an offshoot of the complaints of 16 Filipino applicants who were promised jobs in the United Kingdom as medical staff and caregivers while sporting student visas,” Dela Cruz said.

Senior Supt. Gilbert Sosa, chief of the CIDG Anti-Transnational Crimes Division, said the arrested persons used the “student visa-scheme” operation in gypping their victims into believing they can earn 5.80 euros per hour in the United Kingdom .

“However, the complainants were required to pay between P300,000 and P370,000 per head for the processing of their applications, training and miscellaneous fees,” Sosa said.

He said that after waiting for several months, the complainants’ applications were denied by the United Kingdom Embassy in Manila, which claimed that they do not have any student visa program for their universities and colleges. Anthony Vargas


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