2 unpaid, maltreated OFWs rescued in Kuwait
KUWAIT – Two Filipino household service workers were rescued from their abusive employer who also refused to pay them more than a year's worth of wages in Kuwait.
Melissa and Christina were both thankful to be rescued from the home of their employer by Consul General Raul Dado of the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait.
"We filed a complaint doon sa labor office and also doon sa Chief of Operations Security of Kuwait Police because we want to establish the proper procedures. Kapag may minaltratong kababayan natin, we not only rescue, but we prosecute," said Dado.
Melissa said their employer did not pay her for 18 months despite her pleas.
"Kahit kinukulit ko pa wala talaga. Sinasagot lang sa amin 'wala akong pera, wala akong trabaho. Hindi ko maibibigay ang sweldo mo'," said Melissa.
For her part, Christina said she was not paid for one year.
"Hindi po sila nagbibigay ng sweldo, kailangang umiyak pa sa harapan nila," she said.
The two also claimed to have endured maltreatment from their employer.
"Kapag manakit si baba, dalawang kamay, ganyan o sa dalawang tenga, para kang nabibingi, sinisipa, dinuduraan, sinuntok pa nga ako sa braso isang beses," Melissa recounted.
Christina said she experienced being slapped on the face and hit on the head.
"Pag inutusan, binabatukan po niya kami," said Christina.
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Worse, their employer also accused Melissa of being a thief when she pleaded to be sent back home after the contract with them ended.
"Sabi niya sa akin nagnakaw daw ako. Sabi ko paano ako nagnakaw eh tiningnan ko nawala ang bag ko, naglakad sa kwarto naming nagalit doon yong lalaki, sabi nya sa akin magnanakaw ka, magnanakaw ka, doon niya ako sinaktan. Inuntog niya ako sa pader tapos yong kasamahan ko pinag-untog pa niya ulo naming," said Melissa.
Last month, the duo had enough of the maltreatment from the employer and sought the assistance of other Filipino workers in bringing their plight to the embassy.
The two are now seeking justice for what they've been through.
"Gusto ko po umuwi. Matagal na ako sa Kuwait gusto ko na talagang magpahinga na. Kakasuhan ko ang amo, sinaktan niya ako eh. Ibigay ang sweldo ko at makauwi ng Pinas," said Melissa.
Christina meanwhile expressed her desire to continue working in Kuwait.
"Gusto ko po mangyari, makuha ang lahat ng sweldo ko. Mahirap kasi sa Pinas. Gusto ko pang magtrabaho rito. Aaw ko pang umuwi. Kakasuhan ko employer ko," she said.
Dado said they continue to coordinate with police stations to make sure that cases would be immediately filed once abused OFWs are rescued from employers.
"We also have new lawyers were talking too who would be more efficient in handling the cases after we file them," he said.