OFW recounts abuse by Kuwaiti employer

By Abner Mercado, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 28 2013 10:03 AM | Updated as of Aug 28 2013 06:03 PM

MANILA - Filled with a yearning to help her family, 23-year-old "Sarah" began working as a domestic helper in Kuwait last March.

It was her first time abroad, and little did she know, she would fall into the hands of an abusive employer.

Sarah said she was forced to work day and night.

"Para magising ako, binuhusan ako ng mainit na tubig," she said.

The maltreatment escalated in July when Sarah's employer started beating her up and pulling her hair.

"Nauubos ang buhok ko at madaming sugat," said Sarah.

She then turned to her recruitment agency for help and succeeded in putting her employer behind bars.

"Makakatanggap siya ng P2 million," said Administrator Carmelita Dimzon of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).

"Buti na lang nag-cooperate yung counterpart agency namin doon at napakulong ang amo niya," said recruiter Azziza Salim.

Now, Sarah is set to go back to living a normal life. She has dropped all charges against her abusive boss whom she says, had asked for forgiveness.

"Magsisimula na din ako ng bago at makakatulong sa pamilya ko ang pera," she said.

Sarah will undergo a reintegration program under OWWA.