An overseas Filipina worker (OFW) from Saudi Arabia almost lost her eyesight after suffering from physical abuse from her employer.
According to OFW Lovebella Abcede, her employer, who also owns the OFW’s recruitment agency in Saudi, told her that she will be sent home after not following her rules. When the OFW asked to be transferred to another employer instead, her employer slapped and punched her, reported GMA News.
Abcede said that her employer also attempted to stab her in her eye using a pen.
“Nakalimutan ko na po kung gaano ako kadami sinuntok. Maraming beses po kasi pagkasampal-sampal sa mukha ko natabig ko po kamay niya kasi po iganon (itusok) niya ang ballpen niya sa mata ko, eh nakailag po ako kaya hinablot niya ako at pinagsuntok-suntok ang ulo ko at saka ang mata ko,” said Abcede.
Despite her employer’s instructions not to tell anyone what happened, Abcede stopped by the Consulate office to report her case before catching her flight to the Philippines.
“Ihahatid po sana ako ng airport at duon na po ako kukuhaan ng ticket. Biniro ko po ‘yung driver. Sabi ko, ‘Lagot ka pag hindi mo ako hinatid ng embassy, ikaw ang papakasuhan sa pagkakagawa sa mata ko.’ Kasi parang may dugo po talaga sa gilid tapos sabi niya saglit ka lang ha tapos pagkarating na pagkarating ko tumakbo na po ako papasok dito,” said Abcede.
Labor Attache Nasser Munder assured Abcede that the recruitment agency’s accreditation will be cancelled and that justice will be served for the OFW.
Photo credits: GMA News