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Mon 27 Jul 2009 04:00 PM

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More Filipinas fleeing Kuwaiti sponsors each day

Up to 10 Filipina housemaids a day fleeing from sexual harassment and verbal abuse.

More Filipinas fleeing Kuwaiti sponsors each day
RETURN HOME: A Filipina maid travels back to the Philippines in 2006. (Getty Images)

Up to 10 Filipina housemaids are fleeing their sponsors in Kuwait every day after suffering sexual harassment and verbal abuse, a Philippine Labour office official has claimed.

Josephus Jimenez told Kuwaiti media that the Filipino Workers Resource Center (FWRC)  is accommodating 176 runaway housemaids as the number of daily absconders averages between five and 10 people a day.

He added some disputes between workers and employers are resolved, while others reach stalemate as maids refuse to again work with their sponsors.

In other cases, some maids either return to the Philippines or agree to have their visas transferred to another sponsor.    

More long-term disputes running to months or even years without resolution have also occurred, according to the FWRC.  

The Kuwait Times reported that the bad treatment of Filipina women in the country extends beyond housemaids. It reported the case of Yasmin, a 33-year-old mother, who has been embroiled in a case for more than four years.

After marrying a Kuwaiti man, who is the alleged father of her four-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Yasmin asked her husband for consent to return to the Philippines. She was reportedly denied permission to leave, amid claims the husband was abusing her, and has since sought help from the Filipina embassy to resolve the dispute.  

Other Filipina women with similar tales of abuse are still trying to either leave Kuwait or find another sponsor, the FWRC said.

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Sad but true. Not exactly correct; 10 cases are reported each day. The real number is most likely clsoer to 100. Sponsors can and do get away with murder, rape and torture.