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From modern heroes to modern slaves - Human trafficking of Filipinos in Albania

Both the Philippines and Albania are widely recognised as major sources of human trafficking. However, the particular nexus of Overseas Filipino Workers being trafficked and exploited in Albania is at risk of being overlooked.


By Eliza Baring, Arise


Every year, around 1 million Filipinos leave their country to work abroad. Dubbed modern-day heroes (bagong bayani), remittances from these Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) make up around 9% of the country’s GDP. However, in a shockingly high number of cases, OFWs are not treated as modern-day heroes when they reach foreign shores, but modern slaves.