A street in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
PHOTO BY ARCHIVE
MANILA — Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has ordered an investigation into the reported abuses against overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) by recruitment agencies in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
The investigation was ordered by DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III, and comes after the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Jeddah reported cases of OFWs victimised by fraudulent individuals and a case of alleged rape involving a recruitment company representative.
POLO Labor Attache Nasser Munder said four household service workers were forced to work for a total of more than 12 hours in different households.
Munder said that the workers, Samra Musa Lidasan, Lyn Silongan Sali, Norhen Gayo Sarat, and Noraima Mamadra Bandara, had residence permits but were forced to work as cleaners.
Munder also reported the case of a 22-year-old Filipina identified only as “Saida” who was allegedly raped by a representative of recruitment agency that brought her to Saudi Arabia.
The official has recommended the suspension and cancellation of the licenses of recruitment agencies Madar Al Kharj Recruitment Agency and Iemploy Manpower Services Inc. over the incidents.
DOLE has ordered an investigation into the reported incidents and authorized the POEA to impose appropriate sanctions against the companies. GAD/Expat Media
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