The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration regional office in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines. Photo: Google Maps

Jobless women in the Philippine city of Cagayan de Oro still want to apply for work as maids in the Middle East and Malaysia even after being told a lot of abuse cases happened in those places.

Leonor Mabagal, acting director of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) regional office in Cagayan de Oro, Mindanao, said many unemployed women persisted on going to such countries despite warnings of abuse, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported.

Mabagal said the city’s OWWA office tried to discourage domestic-worker applicants from going to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait or Malaysia, where abuses against maids are common.

However, many applicants were not concerned despite being warned that working in those countries was like committing suicide. They said they would count on being lucky enough not to be ill-treated.

According to the Department of Labor and Employment, a total of 1.28 million overseas Filipino workers were deployed overseas last year.

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