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OFW in Dammam says employer hurt her after she refused to clean 3 other houses


Another Filipino domestic worker in Saudi Arabia is calling for help after she was allegedly abused by her female employer, GMA News' JP Soriano reported on State of the Nation with Jessica Soho on Thursday.

The OFW, who is working in Dammam, said her employer locked her in a room and hit and pushed her after she refused to clean three other houses. She also said her employer tried to confiscate her cellphone.

"Itong amo kong babae, nananakit pa ito. Ayoko kasi ibigay itong cellphone ko sa kanya. Please po tulungan niyo ako," the OFW said in an emotional video.

She also said her employer would threaten to have her arrested every time she would insist on doing only what is stipulated in her contract.

"Sasabihin ko isang bahay lang ang kontrata ko, sinasabi nila sa akin ipapahuli nila ako sa pulis," the OFW said.

Her mother in the Philippines said she is worried about her daughter.

"Magulang ka, mararamdaman mo kung ano ginagawa sa anak mo. Nagsumikap lang naman 'yung tao na makatulong sa asawa niya, sa anak niya," the mother said.

Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) deputy administrator Arnell Ignacio has vowed to assist the OFW.

"They are very overworked, underfed. Ia-address natin 'yan. Labor problem 'yan eh," he said. —KBK, GMA News

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