The victim's photo has been slightly altered to protect her identity.
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DUBAI – A Filipina reportedly duped by illegal recruiters in Dubai has jumped off a building to escape job agents that reportedly held her captive in an apartment.
The woman, who requested anonymity, told GMA network’s 24 Oras news program that she jumped off the apartment on the third floor of the building out of desperation.
In between sobs, she pleaded to her family for help to return to the Philippines following her ordeal, adding that she wanted to see her children.
The woman said she arrived in Dubai in December to work as a domestic helper. She was reportedly picked up at the airport by the job recruiter and was promised work within a week.
However, the promised job did not materialize.
“I spent a week there. I wasn’t given food. We were locked in,” she said in Filipino, referring to the apartment where she was held captive along with a number of other people.
She said she was not given access to a mobile phone so that she could contact her family for help.
“I jumped off the building. I did not think about whether I would die. I just wanted to escape from the agency,” she said. The extent of the injuries she sustained from the fall were not immediately revealed.
She said that she was helped by another Filipina who saw her and took her to the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (Polo) in Dubai. Philippine consulate officials are currently investigating her case.
Meanwhile, Philippine Labor Attache Felicitas Bay of Polo Dubai, urged Filipinos to be wary of illegal recruiters offering jobs overseas.
“If someone promises you a job, make sure it is a licensed recruitment agency and that the employer is also accredited by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration,” Bay said. ICA/Expat Media
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