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Maguindanao domestic helper abused in Saudi, now in coma 

Caption: A teenager from Maguindanao's Kabuntalan town recruited to work as a domestic helper in Saudi Arabia is now in coma after a brain surgery to remove a blot clot she suffered from alleged physical abuses by her employer. (Photo by Migrante-Middle East)

A teenager from Maguindanao’s Kabuntalan town recruited to work as a domestic helper in Saudi Arabia is now in coma after a brain surgery to remove a blot clot she suffered from alleged physical abuses by her employer. (Photo by Migrante-Middle East)

 

MIGRANTE MIDDLE-EAST has called on the Aquino government to impose sanctions against the recruitment agency that deployed an underage Filipino domestic worker, who was allegedly abused by her employer in Saudi Arabia.

Now, the Filipina – who was operated due to a blood clot in the head that she suffered from physical abuses – is in comatose at a hospital there.

In her passport, the victim – a native of Maguindanao’s Kabuntalan town – was listed as 25-years old, but prior to her operation, she was able to say that her real age is 17, according to John Leonard Monterona, Migrante’s regional director.

He said they also called on the Hans Leo Cacdac, of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, to immediately act on the matter.  Monterona said the teenager was a victim of human trafficking.

“Upon confirmation of her being deployed underage and was a victim of human trafficking, her recruiter’s license must be cancelled immediately, and appropriate case must be filed,” Monterona said.

Monterona said the Philippine government must look into the case and provide all assistance to the victim. He said they continue to receive reports of deployment of underage Filipina and they usually end as victims of maltreatment by their employers.

There was no immediate statement from the government about Migrante’s report. (Mindanao Examiner)

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