By Don Tagala, ABS CBN North America Bureau

May 2, 2013

New York – A case of “possible human trafficking” involving two Philippine Nationals at a Saudi diplomat’s home in Virginia is under investigation according to Homeland Security.

The Philippine Embassy in Washington told Balitang America that two unnamed Filipina workers are now under protective custody, after US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations and Fairfax County Police were called to a home in Mclean, VA and reportedly rescued the two Filipinas.

NBC Washington reported that real estate records show that the compound is owned by the Kingdom of Saudi.

A bystander who works for the Embassy also confirmed to NBC that the home owners work for the Saudi Embassy.

A State Department official told CNN that the Saudi diplomat kept the Filipina workers; passports, made them work extremely long hours and did not pay them. The source said they had not seen anything to indicate the women were physically harmed.

If needed and requested, the Philippine Embassy said that the Philippine Government will extend assistance to the two Filipinas who may be potential victims of human trafficking.

As the investigation continues, it may potentially be complicated by the possibility that some of those involved may have diplomatic immunity.

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  • Delia
    3 May 2013 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    I feel sorry for this two Filipina , i hope they get the justice they deserve .

  • noz
    3 May 2013 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    obama and his administration are very much kissing cousins of the saudis, remember?, obama’s bowing to the saudi king, a very inferior posturing of an american president, lowering the USA rank status globally.

    first of all, how did these saudi diplomats got to cross successfully without a hitch from the immigration officials. this saudi diplomats looks like were getting special treatment from the government, not scrutinizing their papers and their companion papers, because if these INS officials did their jobs properly to analyze all the documents presented to them, including the documents of the two filipinas, they would have sensed/noted red flags. thorough investigations without cover ups are for the truth to come out, to serve justice where justice is indispensable for the suppress.

    • Delia
      4 May 2013 at 1:18 pm - Reply

      It will be interesting in the days to come to see how much information is released about what was going on in that mansion in McLean , and if the worst turns out to be true, whether any Saudi national will ever be brought to account. I dont trust the government the white house or Obama.

      Saudis and Obama will be offering a huge amount of bribe , that they cant refuse , then they will go silent , Case close. Thats my take , what about you Noz .

      • noz
        4 May 2013 at 6:41 pm - Reply

        Delia…… sure did hit the head of the nail. the one or more than one guilty saudi diplomat likely will never even get charged for human trafficking. this is not a high priority or great interest of the obama administration. just look at the benghazi terror attack, nobody in the obama administration are name responsible, except the pathological liar h clinton saying she is taking the blame of the terror incident. hopefully, these benghazi terror witnesses are credible, to tell the truth, now coming out of obama’s tentacles at one point, ordering these witnesses to shut up or else?

        • Delia
          5 May 2013 at 8:19 am - Reply

          Obama’s incompetence shines brighter and brighter each day. It is also obvious that he and his minions will do anything to completely destroy this country, because that is truly his goal.
          The entire Benghazi situation shows a dramatic failure of leadership. It also shows an administration that is willing to put politics ahead of the safety of American citizens.

          I really hope these people do testify not only to make it right for the 4 fallen but so this adminstration stops getting away with everything. Fast and Furios and Bengazi were both government screw ups that ended up with people dying.

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