A couple has been arrested in the Philippines for allegedly illegally sending Filipinos to do domestic work in the Middle East.

Eladio Cabrera and Melissa Cadorna were arrested in Pedro Gil in Paco, Manila, on Thursday by officials from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, a unit fighting transnational crime, after three victims filed a complaint against them, ABS-CBN News reported.

The victims said they each paid the couple an initial 20,000 pesos (US$382) for an affidavit of sponsorship from the Philippine Consulate in Dubai and were asked to pay a further 30,000 pesos (US$573) for their processing fee.

The victims were told they would be sent in October, but discovered the suspects were not authorized by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration to recruit Filipinos to work overseas.

Superintendent Roque Merdegia Jr of the CIDG-ATCU said the suspects falsified the documents of the three victims and flew them to another country in the Middle East before getting them transport to Dubai to do domestic work.

The suspects were charged with illegal recruitment, swindling and falsification of public documents.