3 OFWs escape from Jeddah employer due to alleged death threats
Three overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) escaped from their employer in Jeddah due to alleged death threats and maltreatment.
One of the OFWs told GMA News Online that their employer's children threatened to kill them.
“Yang apat na anak na iyan pinagbantaan kami, kahit na patayin kami don sa bahay nila ay wala kaming laban, may death threat talaga kasi hindi raw sila ang employer namin, hindi sila mati trace kahit na patayin kami sa bahay nila," one of three OFWs said.
The three OFWs have been rescued by members of the Assistance to National Section of the Philippine Consulate in Jeddah.
Two of the three OFWs said that they were supposed to work as nurses in Al Khobar, but they ended up taking care of a paralyzed relative of their employer in Jeddah.
The third OFW, who worked as a domestic helper, sustained multiple bruises in different parts of her body due to alleged beatings.
“Kahit papaano po ay narelieve kami, nalessen na po ang burden, alam naming ligtas na kami, yun pong pakiramdam namin makita namin yung van (Philippine Consulate vehicle) yun lang po naiyak na kami na pagsakay namin ng van na ay eto na," the three OFWs said.
Vice Consul Alexander Estomo, head of the Assistance to National Section, said the three workers have underwent medical checkup.
Estomo said results of the medical checkup will be used as evidence against the three OFWs' employer.
He added that the Overseas Workers' Welfare Administration (OWWA) is also trying to communicate with the agency that recruited the three OFWs. —Rie Takumi/ALG, GMA News