MANILA - An overseas Filipino worker in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is now in the custody of the Philippine Consulate General after she was allegedly raped by a Saudi national.
According to statement from the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Filipino household service worker was at the female shelter of the Consulate when the suspect, a representative of her recruitment agency, took her from the shelter.
The suspect told the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) that the victim will be transferred to another employer. However, instead of taking her to her new employer, the suspect took the victim to a hotel where she was allegedly raped.
The victim was able to contact POLO officials, who came up with an excuse for the suspect to bring her back to the consulate.
According to Consul General Edgar Badajos, the suspect was arrested at the consulate.
Authorities are also assisting the victim in filing a complaint, securing a medico legal endorsement and collecting necessary evidence from the hotel management.