The lack of jobs at home is a major reason women in particular resort to smuggling drugs.
One in four Filipinos lives on a dollar or less a day and a tenth of the population works abroad, from where, according to central bank data, they send home more than $18 billion to their families annually.Victims of povertyWomen comprise at least 60 percent of the country’s 8-million-plus overseas work force, with many employed as maids—even if the number of jobs in that sector has been shrinking.The condemned drug mules in foreign jails are “victims of poverty,” said Garry Martinez, head of labor rights monitor Migrante.
Mas paniniwalaan ko pa itong explanation ng PDEA.
MANILA, Philippines — The promise of large sums of money, travel and even romantic relationships are things that lure Filipinos to work for drug syndicates as couriers or “mules.”The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Saturday provided some insight into why Filipinos choose to transport illegal substances for international drug rings. Director Derrick Carreon, chief of the PDEA Public Information Office, also wanted to erase the notion that the mules are usually overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).Carreon explained that many couriers were recruited either through acquaintances or social networking websites like Tagged.com.In a radio interview, Carreon said 63 percent of the recruits are women who were wooed with promises of travel, big amounts of money, and even relationships.