A Filipina domestic helper in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia escaped from her employer after the latter tried to sexually assault her. However, instead of getting apprehended by the police, the employer claimed that the Filipina stole something from him.
According to GMA News, Michelle escaped from her employer because he tried to abuse her sexually. Instead, the Filipina got in trouble and the female employer accused her of theft.
The Filipina was accused of stealing a cellphone.
“Masakit po napahamak nga po siya. Siya na po ang tinangkang gahasain, siya pa po ang nakulong. Ganoon po ba talaga ang batas?” says the mother of the OFW, who asked for help.
The OFW reached the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Riyadh and her agency is now asking her to sign the exit visa but was intercepted by the police.
“Ngayon po sa kagustuhan ng anak ko na makauwi na, sumama po siya sa agency. ‘Yun pala noong pipirma na siya ng exit visa noong June 14, dinampot na siya ng mga pulis,” says the mother of Michelle.
The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) already asked the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs for help.
Meanwhile, DMW Secretary Susan Ople reached out to the Saudi Arabia Embassy and the Labor Attache in Saudi Arabia to help with the case of Michelle.
The bilateral talks between the Philippines and Saudi Arabia are also ongoing.
“Kung muntik na siyang mabiktima ng rape tapos siya pa ang nakakulong ay talaga naman agrabyado ang ating kababayan. We will clarify yung mga katanungan about this case primarily doon sa jurisdiction namin ay paanong napasakamay pa ng Saudi agency kung nandoon naman na sa shelter ng POLO,” says the DMW secretary.