A video which used to be on Vimeo, but isn’t there any more, used to say about itself:
In early August, a Filipina maid was found in the street by police in the emirate of Ajman. She was bleeding and suffering from injuries to her body. She was taken to a nearby hospital where she spent two weeks recovering. She has since been taking shelter at the Philippine Labour Office in Dubai, where she is recounting her story of abuse by her employers.
By Joseph Santolan:
Stranded migrant workers protest in Saudi Arabia
26 January 2011
About 20 Filipino contract workers staged a protest outside of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on January 22. They were part of a group of 57 workers unable to depart from Saudi Arabia and return home to the Philippines. The workers stated that their employers had engaged in deceptive employment practices, and when the workers quit in protest, their companies refused to return their passports or grant them travel documents. POLO, the Philippine government agency responsible for the protection of Filipino workers, has done nothing on their behalf. Many of the protestors have been stranded in Saudi Arabia for a year.
These workers are now homeless and jobless. They have no income, either to provide for themselves or their dependent families at home in the Philippines. Their situation is typical of the plight of thousands of migrant workers from numerous countries who are trapped in Saudi Arabia. The story of these stranded workers is not being reported, other than in small articles buried in the Philippine, Ethiopian, Arabian, and Indonesian press.
According to the most recent data available, released at the end of 2008 by the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency, 2.26 million Filipino workers are currently employed in the Middle East. Of these, 112,700 are regarded as illegal immigrants. Filipino contract workers in the Middle East sent home remittances totalling $US1.47 billion in 2010.
Driven from the country by the impoverished conditions of their families and a dearth of jobs paying even a subsistence wage, nearly 10 percent of the Philippine population has sought work abroad, including in the US and across Asia.
Sexual Prey in the Saudi Jungle: here.