A Filipino domestic worker in Saudi Arabia is seeking help from the Philippine government after she allegedly was not paid for one year.
Mary Jane Abogadie, who went to Riyadh in 2014, told her aunt Lilian Escalora that her employer also was not allowing her to return to the Philippines, ABS-CBN News reported.
Escalora told radio program DZMM Lingkod Pamilya on Wednesday that her niece’s contract ended in 2016 but she was forced to stay on by her employers. She said Abogadie serves 23 people on her own in the household and has not received her salary for one year.
Escalora said her niece was not fed proper meals and was locked in the house by her employers. Her passport was also allegedly confiscated.
Abogadie has already asked for assistance from the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh but is still in her employer’s home. The employer apparently said she can leave once the two newly-hired domestic workers who will replace her have arrived.
Josephine Tobia, welfare officer at the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), promised to help Abogadie and ensure she is repatriated as soon as possible.
Tobia said OWWA will get in touch with Abogadie’s recruitment agency to find out why she had continued working for her employer despite her contract having ended in 2016.