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PIA Press Release
2010/03/25

OFWs warned on drug trafficking

Manila (25 March) -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday warned overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) not to fall prey to foreigners who lavishly give out money or leisure trips in exchange for carrying baggage as more Filipinos become victims of drug trafficking in the Middle East for carrying baggage with illegal drugs.

The DFA, citing a report from the Philippine Embassy in Tehran, said that OFWs should be "wary of persons who ask or 'contract' overseas Filipino workers to carry items or baggage from Iran to another city abroad in exchange for money or leisure trips."

Philippine Ambassador to Iran Generoso Senga said that there is an increasing number of OFWs involved in drug-trafficking cases with similar modus operandi.

The DFA said that Filipino victims were asked to bring a certain item or baggage from Iran to another country, usually Bangkok, Thailand or Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in exchange for money or leisure trips abroad.

It would be recalled that two Filipinos were arrested by Iranian authorities for attempting to smuggle illegal drugs in the country. (PIA-Bohol) [top]

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