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Repatriated OFW says fellow Pinoy sold her to Kuwaiti employer

A Filipino who flew in from Kuwait on Wednesday tearfully told GMA News that she had been sold to an employer by a fellow Filipino.

The OFW, Analyn Waje, said that she had revealed what had happened to her only after arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

"Gusto ko magpakamatay sa sobrang lungkot. Gusto kong magpakamatay. Hindi ko matanggap, binenta ako ng kapwa kong Pinoy," Waje sobbed.

Waje was part of a batch of overseas contract workers (OCWs) repatriated from Kuwait days after President Rodrigo Duterte offered Filipino workers who wished to return home the means to fly back.

Another batch of Filipino workers who availed of the president's offer arrived at NAIA on Tuesday evening.

All Filipinos repatriated from Kuwait would be provided with financial assistance and benefits by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration and Department of Foreign Affairs.

The Philippine government imposed a total deployment ban of OCWs to Kuwait on Monday amid reports of abused Filipino workers in the Gulf state.

Kuwait condemned the ban on all new OCWs, and called it an "escalation" that would "not serve the relationship between Kuwait and the Philippines."

There were some 250,000 Filipinos working in Kuwait. — DVM, GMA News