Saudi Arabia, a place where one can still visit the seventh century and not be in a museum.
h/t: Jamie Glazov
After posting a video on Facebook, Filipina maid, Nargelene De Guia Mendez was rescued from her employer in Saudi Arabia. Her emotional plea garnered almost 500,000 views on Facebook, and over 100,000 on YouTube. Although the video is in Tagalog and many comments are in Arabic, Mendez described her situation as dire and abusive.
“They beat my colleague yesterday,” she says. “They also beat me. Please help us. I’m begging you.”
The Philippines is home to many who travel in search of work to the Middle East, only to find themselves victim of “Kafala,” a system that gives employers unlimited control over the lives of their immigrant employees. This controversial immigrant worker system is very similar to a type of slavery, and suffers from poor government regulation. One aspect of Kafala allows employers to control passports and visas, resulting in many workers, such as Mendez to become captive in abusive working environments.
Earlier this year, a different maid from the Philippines suffered serious burns after her employer’s mother threw boiling water at her. This resulted in scars throughout her back and legs. In that case, the maid was saved when her employers finally brought her to the hospital to treat the burns.