Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

A Filipino domestic worker who was locked up and starved for almost a week has been rescued in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Gina Abcede, who had worked for two years at her employer’s house, said she was locked up and had no food for six days. Abcede resorted to eating food thrown in the trash to survive. She took a video of the ordeal and the video went viral, GMA News reported.

She said since she had no food and had to take her medication, she resorted to eating the leftovers in the trash. She said the food she scavenged helped her survive until the seventh day.

When Abcede confronted her employer on why she was not given any food, her employer said it was punishment for not doing a request from her employer’s child and for asking for a day off. Members from migrant worker group Ang Kaagapay Ng Bawat OFW Advocates relayed Abcede’s case to the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Jeddah, which set out to rescue the domestic worker.

Labor Attache Nasser Munder lauded those who helped in Abcede’s rescue. Munder urged all distressed Filipino migrant workers in Saudi Arabia to immediately report to POLO any problems regarding their work.

Munder said Abcede’s repatriation was being processed and she would return to the Philippines soon.

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