SLIDESHOW: 'Tortured'

Photos by Rem Zamora,

Posted at Sep 13 2012 03:17 PM | Updated as of Aug 04 2017 12:01 PM

In 2007, 17-year-old Bonita Baran came to Manila to work as a household helper for the Marzan family. Even with a starting salary of only P700 a month, things worked out fine in the beginning between Bonita and her employers Reynold and Annaliza Marzan.

By Bonita's accounts, the harrowing experiences started in 2008 when she would get beaten by Annaliza whenever she makes mistakes. The beatings became more frequent and turned more violent as the years went by, but Bonita could not get out of it.

Finally, in 2012, with almost every inch of her body battered and her sight almost completely gone, Bonita was allowed to go home to her family in the province. The Marzans have denied Bonita's allegations.

Here is her story.