Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Three Filipino women who were rescued after being made to work as prostitutes in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia have returned home to the Philippines.

The three women were recruited by Rea Cervantes to work as performers in Malaysia and were offered a monthly salary of PHP40,000 (US$750). The women accepted the offer and went to Malaysia by boat last September, Manila Bulletin reported.

When they arrived in Kota Kinabalu, the women were brought to a karaoke bar where they were assigned work as waitresses. However, their employer also required them to entertain and perform sexual favors for customers.

The women were not paid their salaries and were not allowed to leave the karaoke bar. They were reportedly beaten and starved by their employer, and their mobile phones were also confiscated.

One of the victims fortunately had a spare phone, which she used to call her parents in the Philippines, who then sought help from the National Bureau of Investigation.

On October 31, 2017, the three women were rescued and taken to a shelter, where they stayed until their repatriation. The women arrived in Manila on Wednesday.

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