Filipina Maid in Saudi Arabia Alleges Harassment by Employer

A 34-year-old Filipino household service worker (HSW) in Qassim has sought help from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Riyadh (POLO-Riyadh) to protect her from harassment by her Saudi employer.
Sittie Sara Hussain of Ampatuan, Maguindanao province in Mindanao, is currently staying with other run-away female Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) at the Bahay Kalinga, which is under the POLO in Riyadh.
After suffering harassment on Aug. 26, 28 and 29, Hussain threatened her employer, a businessman that she would tell the driver about his unpleasant overtures. She eventually filed a complaint with the Philippine Embassy against him.
When her employer left with his family for Dubai nearly two weeks ago, he brought her to the Saudi capital to stay with his relatives.
“He also asked our driver to take me to the Philippine Embassy to withdraw my complaint. That’s how I managed to come here,” she told Arab News, adding that her employer had come back from Dubai.
She said she had told the embassy that she merely wanted to transfer to another employer because of financial obligations back home. However, the legal officer reportedly told her that she would have to go back to the Philippines to solve her problem to process her papers without violating the Kingdom’s labor laws.
Arab News tried to talk to the Philippine Embassy’s legal officer regarding Hussain’s case but she was in a hurry to attend an important appointment.
Arab News called Labor Attache Rustico SM dela Fuente of the POLO-Riyadh but he could not be contacted. A source said that the HSW will be endorsed to the Saudi Social Welfare Administration.

“In the past, it was the POLO who called the employer for an exit visa but now the SWA gets in touch with the employer,” he said.
Hussain added that she was also illegally deployed to Saudi Arabia.
“My papers were allegedly processed by Trustworthy Manpower Agency but it was no longer in existence at the time. So, my papers were passed on to another agency,” she said.
Hussain arrived in the Kingdom in May this year and was receiving a monthly salary of SR1, 200, which is below the stipulated sum of SR1,500 as agreed between the Philippine and Saudi governments.

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