When an Overseas Filipino Worker go out of the country, they always do that for the comfort of their families. Some of them risk being away from their loved ones just to give a better life for their families.
A lot of our kababayans are lucky to find a greener pasture outside the Philippines. Some of them are able to provide better life for their families. They were able to buy properties, investments, send their children to the best schools, and reach for their dreams.
However, not everyone is lucky. Some of our kababayans also experienced abuse from the hands of their employers. Some were not able to provide the dream life they promised to their families before going abroad. If one of your friends or family members is crying for help, what will you do?
Seven Months of Abuse
This is similar to what an OFW in Riyadh is experiencing. In a Facebook post by Grace Santos, she said that her sister-in-law, Rosie Santos, has been with her employer for seven months already. However, during these seven months, her employer was continuously beating her.
She cannot eat properly too during her entire stay with the family she is servicing. Because of the hardship and abuse, she is experiencing, she decided to seek help from her agency.
When she went to her agency and pleaded for help, what the agency did is beyond imagination: they returned her back to her current employer. The agency’s name in the Philippines, J-Mac International Manpower, cannot do anything to aid with the situation of the poor OFW in Riyadh. In the video the OFW took, she was helpless and crying for immediate rescue.
A lot of our kababayans are suffering abroad — not only because of homesickness but also because of abuse. This is the reason why the President decided to put a ban on sending OFWs to Kuwait.