Philippine authorities are trying to rescue a domestic worker who has claimed she was repeatedly sold by a recruitment agency to other households after being mistreated by an employer, only to suffer the same abuses at their hands.
GMA News said the 38-year-old woman, who started working in Saudi Arabia in 2017 to support her three children, had been taken back by her original employer after she was physically mistreated and her agent began to “take advantage” of her vulnerability by selling her to new employers.
The unnamed woman said her latest employer had locked her up in a room for a month with little food, and she suffered bruising from physical abuse. Her sister in the Philippines is seeking help in locating her before she is sold to another employer and becomes difficult to trace. The sister said family members had repeatedly contacted her employment recruiter in the Philippines, but the agency had reportedly closed down.
Hans Leo Cacdac, administrator of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, said the agency was coordinating efforts with the Philippine Embassy in Saudi Arabia and the Philippine Overseas Labor Office to track down the Filipina and rescue her.