AN average of two to three Filipino women workers are allegedly being raped or sexually exploited daily in Kuwait, a migrant group said on Thursday.
John Leonard Monterona, vice chairman of Migrante International, said Kuwait “is most notorious in rape and sexual abuses among women migrant workers including Filipinos.”
“Per monitoring two to three daily are raped and exploited,” Monterona told The Manila Times.
He made the claim as more female Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) have come out to file complaints before the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait.
Monterona cited reports that some Filipino women deportees were allegedly raped or sexually abused by Kuwaiti policemen.
“That’s gruesome. We condemn this in the strongest terms possible,” he said.
He called on the Philippine government, migrant and human rights groups and the international community to join them in condemning “these atrocious acts allegedly done by Kuwaiti police.”
The Departments of Labor and Foreign Affairs are investigating allegations that Philippine embassy officials in the Middle East sexually abused Filipinos awaiting repatriation. Other reports alleged that an embassy official also demanded sex in exchange for a plane ticket to Manila.
Thousands of distressed Filipinos have been staying in welfare centers run by the Philippine government in various Middle East posts.
Vice President Jejomar Binay on Thursday appealed to Filipinos in Saudi Arabia to legalize their stay.
“We should avoid the rush and take advantage of the extension given us to correct our work or residency status,” Binay, the Presidential Adviser on OFW Concerns, said.
The Saudi government had granted an additional four months for foreign workers to correct their residency or work status in the kingdom.
“We Filipinos tend to wait until the last minute to do things. Look at what happened during the last day of voter registration, there were long lines because most unregistered voters were trying to beat the deadline,” Binay added.