THEY are described as the country’s modern day heroes. Estimated at 2.2 million, the OFWs, or overseas Filipino workers, are scattered in more than 200 host countries around the world in search of greener pastures.

Working abroad is not a bed of roses; it comes with a number of risks. Incidents of rape, violence, and other abuses against Filipino women workers are common in the Middle East. The same is true with the overseas male workers.

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