A Filipino employment recruiter is being charged by the Philippine government for illegally offering non-existent jobs in Canada and Britain to more than 500 of her compatriots in Hong Kong and extorting fees for her bogus service.

Ester P Ylagan is being charged with unjustifiably collecting fees from workers and committing a felony or crime punishable by the laws of the Philippines or the host country, sunwebhk.com reported.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration filed a criminal complaint against Ylagan at the Department of Justice. POEA administrator Bernard Olalia said Ylagan would not be able to apply for bail once a warrant of arrest is issued against her.

In 2016, Ylagan offered jobs in Canada and the UK to more than 500 Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong, but the jobs turned out to be non-existent. Each victim reportedly paid Ylagan HK$10,000 to HK$15,000 (US$1,280-$1,920) for the processing fee.

In the Philippines, illegal recruitment is a violation of the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995 and has a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

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