A Filipino domestic worker who was allegedly maltreated by her employers in Saudi Arabia has returned home to the Philippines.
The Department of Foreign Affairs said on Tuesday that Cristina Arado was rescued by the Philippine Consulate in Jeddah after it was notified of the Filipina’s situation, Philippine Daily Inquirer reported.
Arado was reportedly forced to work in multiple households and had her passport and mobile phone confiscated.
The Filipina arrived in Manila on Tuesday night and was reunited with her mother at Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
“She and her mother are thankful for the DFA’s assistance,” the DFA said in a tweet.
There are about 10 million Filipino migrant workers overseas, most of whom work as unskilled laborers and domestic workers. Cases of maltreatment and abuse are not uncommon.