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OFW Rape Case in Saudi Settled for P750,000; Victim’s Recruiter, Barred from Recruiting

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is now processing the repatriation of the 22-year old Filipino worker in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia after her rape case was settled for 50, 000 Saudi Riyal or P750, 000.

According to DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III, the victim will be repatriated to the country after the case is cleared from prosecution. Bello confirms that the victim decided not to push through with the case and agreed to a settlement.

The case was handled by the Assistance to Nationals Section of Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah.

In spite of the settlement, Bello said that the recruitment agency of the victim — Iemploy Manpower Services Inc., and its Saudi counterpart Madar Al Kharj will still be held administratively liable.

Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) temporarily barred the local recruitment agency from deploying Filipino workers in Jeddah over reports of abuse of OFWs in the city.

According to POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia, the documentary processing of Iemploy Manpower Services Inc. has been suspended pending an investigation.

The order was issued in connection with the report of Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) Jeddah Labor Attache Nasser Munder to DOLE about the other cases of abuse of OFWs, aside from the settled rape case.

One of the cases involved four household service workers who were forced to work in different households beyond their working hours.

The workers identified as Samra Musa Lidasan, Lyn Silongan Sali, Norhen Gayo Sarat, and Noraima Mamadra Bandara are now at the Migrant Workers and Other Overseas Filipinos Resource Center (MWOFRC).

It said that those OFWs were forced to work for 10 hours in different households and render another two hours of duty at their original employer.

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