Repatriation of distressed OFWs in Saudi sought

MANILA –Thousands of distressed overseas Filipino workers are still languishing in temporary shelters in Saudi Arabia, a lawmaker reported Sunday.

Coop-NATCCO party-list Representative Cresente Paez, who is a member of the four-man House contingent that recently visited OFWs in Saudi Arabia, said majority of the distressed Filipinos were asking for repatriation due to their dire situation.

The Migrante International reported that more than 3,000 runaway OFWs have sought refuge in various temporary shelters.

Paez said while they were in Saudi Arabia, they met two sisters who are both victims of human trafficking. The two women who were not identified said their employers sexually abused them. They were rescued together with 137 others.

Around 40 OFWs, on the other hand, have even set up a camp under the Khandara Bridge in Jeddah hoping that the Saudi authorities will arrest them and be deported to the Philippines.(Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)


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