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OFW jumps from roof to escape from abusive employer in Saudi Arabia

An overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Saudi Arabia jumped off the roof of her employer’s house to escape from the abusive hands of her boss

In a video featured in GMA News, the OFW (name withheld) said she jumped off the roof of her employer’s home because her life is at risk.

"Kaya napatalon ako doon dahil may gustong pumatay, papatayin na nila ako," she said.

Aside from giving her too much work, her employers reportedly do not give her food and took away her cellphone. 

"Di ko na kaya kasi ang dami-dami kong labahan, ang dami-dami kong plantsahin. Ako lahat. Tapos 'pag nag-utos pa 'yung mga anak niya, sinusunod ko lahat. Sinusunod ko lahat 'yun. Mga bata. Tapos sasabihin nila, 'di ko inaasikaso 'yung mga bata," said the OFW whose name was not revealed in the news report.

"Siyempre iisa lang ako, paano ko maaasikaso. Pero lahat 'yun nabibigay ko naman sa kanila," she added.

With her face covered with bruises and wounds, the OFW still seemed to be in a daze from the fall as she called for help in getting home to the Philippines.

"Tulungan n'yo ko dito (para) makauwi ako (galing) dito," she said.

According to the report, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office has notified the Philippine Embassy in Saudi Arabia about her situation for appropriate action.

However, the Overseas Workers' Welfare Administration (OWWA) said they have yet to speak with her employers and look into her employment agreement before she can be repatriated.

"Sa pag-uwi niya, kailangan natin makuha 'yung ibang detalye ng nangyari. Depende kasi 'yung natapos na ang kontrata niya o hindi. Bibigyan ba siya ng exit visa ng kanyang employer o hindi," OWWA spokesperson Arnel Ignacio explained.

"So 'yun 'yung mga aasikasuhan natin kasi di siya makakauwi kung 'di siya binigyan ng exit visa. Or aayusin din naman natin, kung di niya makuha passport niya, bibigyan siya ng travel documents para siya ay makabalik na rito," he added. 

Source: gmanetwork

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