Fly-by-night recruiters will have to be the main target of the Duterte administration in protecting overseas Filipino workers, a Catholic Church official said.
Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos stressed this as he scored the “exploitative” practices of these illegal recruitment agencies.
“Those illegal recruitment agencies should be closed, properties sequestered and money should be returned as reparations to the victims,” Santos, who chairs the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’ Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People, said on the CBCP news site.
He added illegal recruitment is the “most cruel and brutal act a man can do to his fellow man” because “it violates human dignity and exploits human rights.”
Victims of illegal recruitment and human trafficking are considered not as human beings but as “a tool for profit” or considered as “commodities,” Santos lamented.
But he maintained capital punishment should not be meted to illegal recruiters, saying lifelong detention will do.
Santos said illegal recruitment is “a heinous crime which deserve(s) nothing but serious prosecution and severe punishment.”
“One’s life is in danger of death and destruction. Also his family suffers separation and agonizes for the uncertainty of its illegally recruited family member,” he said. MC