May karapatan ba ang recruiter na e hold ang passport?

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Isinasaad ng Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) ng Pilipinas na responsibilidad lang ng employer o ng recruiter/ agency na iproseso ang mga kinakailangang dokumento sa paglalakbay para sa kanilang mga empleyado o manggagawa. Ngunit ang mga employer o recruiter ay hindi dapat hino-hold ang pasaporte ng kanilang mga empleyado o manggagawa.

Mahalaga na alam ng mga naghahanap ng trabaho sa abroad ang kanilang mga karapatan at maging maingat sa mga recruiter o employer na humihingi ng kanilang pasaporte o sinusubukang kontrolin ito. Kung ikaw ay nasa ganitong sitwasyon, dapat kang makipag-ugnayan sa DFA o iba pang ahensya ng gobyerno na makakatulong sa iyo.

Base sa Philippines' Republic Act No. 9208, o Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003, labag sa batas na hawakan ang pasaporte ng taong nag-a-apply para magtrabaho sa ibang bansa. Ito ay isang paglabag sa mga batas laban sa human trafficking, isang uri ng pamimilit at isang paglabag sa kanilang mga karapatan bilang isang manggagawa. Kung ikaw ay nasa ganitong sitwasyon, dapat kang makipag-ugnayan sa DFA o iba pang ahensya ng gobyerno na makakatulong sa iyo.

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