Pinay nanny can't find job after boss convicted of trafficking
MANILA – A Filipina nanny, who was treated like a modern-day slave by her employers in Vancouver, is "embarrassed" by the attention her case has created.
The Canadian Press reported that Leticia Sarmiento, in a victim impact statement read in court, has lost trust in people and has had difficulty finding employment.
"I'm a good mother, a good daughter. I never do bad things. I help people and I expect the same back," Sarmiento was quoted as saying.
Her employer Franco Yiu Kwan Orr was found guilty in June of human trafficking, having brought Sarmiento from Hong Kong illegally.
Sarmiento started working for Orr's family in Hong Kong in 2007. In 2008, Orr brought her to Canada to work for the family on a visitor's vsia.
Sarmiento claimed she was working 16 hours a day, 7 days a week, for only $500 a month and her passport taken away.
The Filipina nanny, a mother of 3, said she has not seen her children since 2007, when she left the Philippines. She had believed she would be able to bring her children to Canada.
"In 2010 I stopped having income to send home, so my kids stopped going to school," she said.
The media attention surrounding her case has also made it hard for Sarmiento to find another job.