In 2015, an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) in Bahrain went viral after she shared her story on Youtube and appealed to netizens for help.
The woman claimed that she was raped by her employer’s allegedly drug-addicted son. The Philippine embassy’s requested her to remain anonymous for her rights and privacy
In the three-minute video, she recalled how he took advantage of her while she was busy doing chores. In her attempt to resist, she received a beating on her legs and thighs.
According to the Pinay, she could not tell anyone about the incident because the man threatened to kill her and bury her in the desert if anyone finds out about the attempt.
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“Yung anak ng amo ko ginalaw ako. Tapos nagsumbong ako sa amo ko kagabi. Bakit daw di ko agad sinabi? Natatakot akong magsalita kasi pagkatapos akong galawin ng anak niya pinagbantaan ako na kapag magsumbong daw ako dadalin daw niya ako sa disyerto papatayin at ibabaon niya ako doon,” she said.
Prior to the video, she was able to gain the courage to tell her employer about the incident, informing him of her intentions to go back to the Philippines. Unfortunately, the OFW was told to wait for two months to be able to afford her plane tickets.
“Sabi ko paano ko matatapos ang kontrata nasa peligro na yung buhay ko? Paano kung mabuntis ako? Sabi niya pagkatapos ng isang linggo ipapa-check kita. Kung buntis, ka ipapatanggal ko at pauuwiin kita.”
Fortunately however, the incident that transpired almost two years ago was properly dealt with by the Philippine Embassy.
Upon receiving reports, the Embassy was able to locate the woman with the help of her local placement agency. She was then rescued and accompanied as she filed cases.
Many OFWs around the world go through the same fate and this story just goes to show that our fellow countrymen could and shall be protected by the government.
With the help of the Filipino online community, OFWs can now stand up for their rights.