Maid in Iraq rescued after cry for help on Facebook Live
Within minutes Philippine Embassy officials rescued Alice Aguilan from her employer's home; she was taken to a police station and her case dealt with
A Filipino domestic worker in Iraq started a live broadcast on Facebook after she was beaten by a relative of her employer in Baghdad.
Alice Aguilan said in her live-stream that her employer’s relative, who also works as a houseboy, started punching and choking her because she did not finish tasks the houseboy ordered her to do, GMA News reported.
In the live-stream on December 22, the houseboy was in the middle of a ritual prayer. Aguilan said her employers were not at home and the houseboy physically assaulted her. The houseboy then stopped praying and attacked Aguilan by pulling her hair. He also threatened to kill her.
Aguilan told her employers about the incident but they allegedly did not show any intention of protecting her. She then asked for help from the Philippine Embassy in Baghdad, who rescued her within 10 to 15 minutes.
She was given medical assistance and taken to a police station to report the incident. However, due to her status as an undocumented overseas Filipino worker, Aguilan accepted a settlement instead of filing a case.
On Tuesday, Aguilan returned home to the Philippines. She was very thankful for the Philippine Embassy’s assistance and quick response to her cry for help.