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An average of 100 Filipinos, mostly women, are being duped by illegal recruiters into going to Syria to work each month. This is despite a travel ban that prohibits Filipinos from traveling to the war-stricken country. According to a spokesperson from the Department of Labor and Employment, these OFWs are being lured under false pretenses and assured of their safety. Over 7,000 Filipinos remain in Syria despite the government’s order for mandatory evacuation back in December 2011, and only 1,500 heeded the order to return home. Thousands have died in Syria in a year-long uprising against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad.
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