OFW in HK accuses employer of burning her with flat iron
An overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who has been working in Hong Kong for less than a month has accused her employer of inflicting physical harm on her by burning her with a flat iron.
According to a report by GMA News stringer Corazon Amaya Cañete, the 25-year-old OFW from Cagayan Valley, who is working as a domestic helper, has sought assistance from the police regarding her 85-year-old male employer.
She said on December 12, her employer asked her to give him a massage. However, the employer was not satisfied with her massage and pushed her.
Later, while the OFW was ironing her employer's clothes, the employer allegedly came to her, grabbed the flat iron, and burned the right side of her back with it. Seemingly not contented, the employer also placed the iron on the left side of her back.
The OFW said all she could do was cry. She said the pain prevented her from sleeping at night.
With the aid of her siblings, who are also working as domestic helpers in Hong Kong, the police got wind of her situation and are now investigating it.
Available data show 50 percent of the estimated 320,000 foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong came from the Philippines, and 47 percent came from Indonesia. The rest are from Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. —KBK, GMA News