Do you know of au pair scams?
MANILA, Philippines – Au pair, which means “at par,” is a cultural exchange program implemented in some Western countries. Participants are provided a monthly stipend by host families. Those who avail themselves of this program are expected to help their host families with household chores for not more than 5 hours a day.
Many times, these terms are violated.
The Philippines is one of the top sources of au pairs in the world. There are instances, however, where Filipinos and Filipinas are scammed by illegal recruiters or agents, and are asked to pay fees to have families host them.
We’re collating reports or incidents of au pair scams for a special report. Our goal is to track a pattern in the scams, identify the illegal recruiters, and help prevent other Filipinos from becoming victims of this modus operandi.
Share with us your experiences of being scammed. Help save another Filipino from being victimized. Your identity or name will not be disclosed.
So far, this is what we have:
- An au pair from Bohol was asked to pay P60,000.
- Another one from Digos, Davao del Sur, was asked to pay an agent the same amount.
Tell us if you had the same or a similar experience. You may share your story or your experience using the form below. Let’s work together and stop this scam.