Malacanang calls on victims of alleged ‘sex-for-repatriation’ scandal to file complaints

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MANILA -- Malacanang is calling on overseas Filipino workers who have been victims of an alleged “sex-for-repatriation” scam in the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait to come forward to file appropriate complaints in order for authorities to get to the bottom of this scandal.

In a press briefing in Malacanang on Tuesday, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said the Department of Foreign Affairs has stepped in and has already instructed the Head of the Embassy in Kuwait and act on this.

“The DFA is already looking into this. The Head of the Embassy in Kuwait has been instructed to act on this,” Valte said.

“To this date, we have not received any formal complaint from the alleged victims which is why we are encouraging those with information or those who have been victimized by these alleged practices to come forward and to file complaints because the DFA is more than willing to act on them,” she added.

Reports of the alleged sex-for-repatriation practice of officials and personnel in the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait surfaced this week when an unidentified female OFW who was part of a group of 46 housemaids deported from the Kuwaiti Deportation Center aired a complaint that an "embassy official" allegedly demanded a sexual favor to facilitate her repatriation.

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