Overseas Workers Welfare Administration in Kuwait was able to rescue a Filipino domestic helper who suffered intense maltreatment by her employer.
Jane Continente, the aunt of the victim, took courage to report to the situation of her niece in Kuwait.
“Namaga ‘yungmataniyataposnungnalamannanagkokontak [siya] samagulang, binabatukan at tsakasinusuntoknasakatawan, taposhindingasilapinapakain. Isangbeseslangsaisangaraw. Tapospina-padlock silasabahay,” says Continente.
According to Continente, her niece went to Kuwait last year to work as a domestic helper.
“Mag-trabahokanaibinigaymo ‘yungbuongpusomoyungpagtatrabahomo, taposmakaranaska pa ng pang-mamaltrato, parangpinaka-mahirapyatanamaranasanmoyun,” says Continente.
Fortunately, OWWA was able to trace the location of the abused OFW in Kuwait and she was rescued thereafter.
“Kung siya ay nasagip, dadalhinkaagadsiyakaagadsaospital,” says Hans Leo Cacdac of OWWA. “Maaringnagtatapang-tapanganlang ‘yan, peromatindinayungpagpaparandamnatinnabinabantayannatinsiya,” he added.
The victim, identified only as Perdagorda, needs to go through MRI to see the severity of the abuse and injuries she received from her heartless employer. She even had to undergo plastic surgery to fix her jaw.
All the medical expenses were shouldered by OWWA and the National Bureau of Investigation gathered medicolegal records which will be used in the court.
“Tutuloyko ‘yunhangga’tsaanumangresulta,” says Perdagorda.
The Department of Foreign Affairs will also launch their own set of the investigation once Perdagorda recovers from all the injuries she attained.
The DFA has budgeted a total of P1 billion as legal assistance fund for Filipinos abroad.
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