21 July 2014, Channel News Asia

MANILA: Philippine authorities are holding Singaporean Yvonne Phua, whom they suspect to be an illegal recruiter. She was arrested during a raid on an alleged human trafficking den in Manila.

Speaking to Channel NewsAsia, Ms Phua, 55, says she is innocent of the charges filed against her. The Philippine authorities arrested her and 13 Filipinos for allegedly bringing Filipino maids to Singapore illegally.

Ms Phua, along with Filipino couple Michael and Joy Abellar, was arrested by authorities during a raid of the Abellar’s offices in Manila. The Filipino couple were allegedly the official representatives of the PEM Maid Employment Agency, but they were not able to show proper documentation that would allow them to operate a recruitment or training facility in the Philippines.

Ms Phua admits to working as a trainer in PEM Maid Employment Agency based in Singapore, and says she was in the Philippines for a vacation.

“I come to here actually to tour because my friend is here. I am Singapore trainer but am not working here. The news is very unfair to me. They say I have a partnership here. But I am not, I am a worker, I work in Singapore. I came here to READ MORE…


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