• Rescued Pinays in Saudi Arabia waiting for repatriation

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    TWO Filipina domestic workers in Saudi Arabia are currently awaiting repatriation after they were rescued from abusive employers, a Saudi news site said on Sunday.

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    The workers were identified as Marcelina Janapin and Rowena Derea. They were turned over by Saudi Arabia’s labor office in Hail to Ameera Luna Domingo, a representative of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO).

    Earlier, the POLO sought assistance from Hail Labor Ministry director general Saleh Al-Ahmari on the complaint by the two workers.

    The labor ministry then formed a five-member all-female board to look into the matter.

    The employer denied the complaint, but an investigation showed that Janapin and Derea were rented out to two families for SR5,000 (P59,000) a month.

    Renting out domestic workers violates the Saudi-Philippine labor agreement signed in 2013. Under the agreement, a sponsor cannot rent out a worker to other families.

    Domingo said the investigation also showed the employer set up a beauty parlor as a front to hire workers who are eventually rented out as housemaids.

    A separate report on Arab News said Mayon International Trading Corp., which has since closed, recruited Janapin and Derea in Manila.

    The two signed their respective contracts to work as dressmakers with a monthly salary of SR1,875 plus SR300 for food allowance.

    Once in Saudi Arabia, however, they were only paid SR1,200 to SR1,300 (P15,000).

    Derea said she received SR1,500 twice and was told to buy food on both occasions.

    Domingo said the rescued workers are now waiting for their exit visas and tickets, so they can return home.

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