Macau Dreams, Dashed by Scammers

Feb. 27, 2010

MANILA — “It is cold in Macau,” Herman Vendiola, 52, said before recalling his life in the gambling capital of Asia. In some ways, he said, the thought of the climate there heightens his sense of dread each time he speaks about what he and others had to go through.

Vendiola left his home in Pagbilao, Quezon, on Dec. 31 for a job in a hotel in Macau, to give his family, he said, a brighter future. He was promised as much as P48,000 in a matter of 50 days through parttime jobs alone, aside from the salary that he would get for his fulltime job in the hotel. Continue reading

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