An Overseas Filipino Worker who was allegedly maltreated and abused by her employer is asking for help so she can return safely to the Philippines.
To serve as proof, Linda secretly captured her employer’s actions towards her.
Linda is an OFW working as a domestic worker in Saudi Arabia. She confessed that she was constantly slapped in the face by her male employer.
“Sobrang sakit, kumikirot yung dito ko (points to her ear), yung ngipin ko, yung ulo ko…uuwi na lang ako,” says Linda.
When she tried to ask her employer to just send her back to the Philippines, she didn’t receive any good answer. Linda was even threatened by her employer.
“Ilang beses akong binabantaan. Nung una, noong May, sinabihan ako na kung magpupumilit akong umuwi, papatayin nila ako. Ngayon naman, sabi sa akin kung gugustuhin nya daw akong saktan ng paulit-ulit wala daw siyang pakialam at kayang kaya daw niya gawin sa akin,” Linda stated.
Her employer also tried to sell her to another employer.
“Una sa salon, ibinenta nila ako ng 20,000, hindi pumayag ang salon. Kinausap na naman siya ng lalaki, gusto ako ibenta, dadalhin ako sa Dammam, mag-aalaga ako ng matanda. Sabi ko hindi, uuwi na lang ako,” says Linda.
The family of Linda in the Philippines has already reached for help from her recruitment agency and from the government. But every attempt is fruitless.
The story of Linda isn’t new to everyone’s ear. If you work as a domestic worker abroad, you are more prone to abuse by foreign employers.
Overseas Workers Welfare Administrator Chief Hans Leo Cacdac ensured that they are doing everything to bring Linda back to the Philippines.
“Ang target natin dito as much as possible within one week makauwi na siya,” says the OWWA chief. “Wag kang mag-alala, dito ka sa Pilipinas magpa-Pasko.”