Philippines police in pursuit of murdered Filipina worker’s recruiters

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The Philippines Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) is on the hunt for the recruiting company of Joanna Demafelis, the Filipina worker whose body was found in a freezer in Kuwait early February.

The Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte had ordered the arrest of those who recruited Demafelis, and to place them under investigation to make sure her contract was fair according to the law.


The Filipina, who went missing two years before her body was found, was recruited by the Our Lady of Mt Carmel Global E-Human Resources Incorporated company, whose license has been revoked since the incident, according to the Rappler news site.

“The CIDG's effort is ongoing to look for the recruiters of Demafelis. CIDG already has a lead," the news site reported the Philippine National Police’s Director General Ronald dela Rosa as saying.

The police’s efforts are an addition to ongoing investigations by the country’s Department of Labor and Employment and the national Bureau of Investigation.

The woman’s body was returned to the Philippines on February 17 in the presence of hundreds of relatives and supporters.

Her employers, and the main suspects in the case, were arrested in Syria on Saturday according to a Lebanese judicial official.

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