PH Ambassador vows to help the 500 Filipino trafficked teachers

By Balitang America, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Oct. 23, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – “Be not afraid, we are here to help.”

That’s the message of Philippine Ambassador to the U.S. Jose Cuisia Jr., in the new effort to help trafficked Filipino teachers in America.

Cuisia hopes to reach out to an estimated 500 teachers who lost their legal status after they were allegedly brought into the United States and victimized by illegal recruiters several years ago.

He assures them the Philippines will continue to go after illegal recruiters such as Isidro Rodriguez.

Rodriguez allegedly convinced the teachers to pay 10 to 15,000 dollars in recruitment fees each, for non-existing jobs in the U.S. from 2003 to 2007.

Today, as many as 300 teachers have received trafficking visas and can now legally stay and work in the U.S. – and the embassy is hoping to help more.

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