MANILA, Philippines – A pregnant 34-year-old overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Dammam, Saudi Arabia was allegedly raped by 3 Arab men inside the service bus of the university where she worked.
Salley (not her real name) who works as a school cleaner, was 9 months pregnant when she was raped.
Salley said that on the day she was raped, she had just come from a maternity clinic for a check-up.
While walking on the way back to her office, a service bus stopped and offered her a ride.
Because the service bus was from the university where she worked, Salley decided to take the driver up on his offer.
But it turned out that the driver and his companion were planning to rape her.
“Hindi ko na alam kung ano ang gagawin ko kasi akala ko isa lang siya,” Salley said. “Sa likod ang isa pala nagtatago.”
“Habang umaandar yung bus, dinala ako nung mas bata doon sa likod tapos hanggang sa ginalaw na nga ako nung bata na iyon,” Salley adds.
According to Salley, the men picked up another Arab on the way. She added that the Arabs were around 19 to 22 years old.
Salley said that the bus was taking a long route until it stopped in a vacant lot. Because the bus’ windows were tinted, no one could see what was happening inside the vehicle.
“Doon mas grabe ang ginawa sa akin,” Salley said. “Nagmamakaawa na ako. Akala ko papatayin na ako.”
After she was raped, Salley was dropped behind a mall and robbed of her money and cell phone.
Aiza Monares was among the first to come to Salley's rescue. Monares immediately brought Salley to the police station in Dammam.
“Hindi siya nakapagsalita ng maayos. Parang wala siyang lakas. Ang mukha niya, makikita mong takot na takot siya,” Monares said.
Salley has only been working in Dammam for 1 year. Her husband, who works as a waiter in Ha-il, was furious when informed of his wife’s plight.
“Hindi ako makatulog... kasi naalala ko po ang mga nangyari sa akin,” Salley said.
“Gusto ko sana bigyan sila ng leksiyon para hindi na tularan. Alam ko naman ang patakaran sa Saudi, basta ni-rape, gusto nila pugutan ng ulo,” she added.
The Philippine Embassy has already taken steps to ensure that Salley is given justice. With a report from Dinan Arana, ABS-CBN News Middle East