Filipina maid in Saudi Arabia pleads for help over abuse fears
Domestic worker – who can't leave the country unless she pays her employer 28,000 riyals – says men have entered her room. Her mother is asking the Philippine government to get involved
A Filipina domestic worker in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, is seeking help from the Philippine government because she is living in fear of abuse from her employer’s family, according to a report in the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
The newspaper says that the worker – whose name is not disclosed – moved to Saudi Arabia in August of last year. She claims her current male employer and his friends have repeatedly tried to break into her room.
The worker says her current employer is her second in Saudi Arabia, and that her first had also entered her room, whereupon he rubbed his genitals while naked. After a month in that job, she asked her recruitment agency to find her another employer. However, the new situation is little better.
Eventually, she contacted her mother, who has pleaded with the Philippine government to intervene. The mother says her daughter cannot leave the country unless she pays her employer 28,000 riyals (US$7,467). It is reported that her employer has also confiscated her passport and identification card, and has kept her locked in her room for the past two weeks.
The Dammam branch of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, a Philippine government agency, has been alerted to the domestic worker’s situation.