Monday, January 18, 2010

THEY TREAT THEM AS SLAVES



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his woman employer brutally abused her maid for a year and got 15 days jail sentence only! This is ridiculous. Is justice served right here? This employer should be given a dose of her own medicine by long years of incarceration. Where is the spirit of the law in this case? And this evil woman isn't even remorseful for her crime.


Thousands of other helpers have reported extensive maltreatment. There are three common types of psychological abuse that employers committed against domestic helpers: rejection, which could lead to isolation and depression; negative criticism; and the expectation of availability 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They treat workers like slaves. They do not consider them as humans.

There are some women not strong enough and would crack under such conditions, mostly if they are isolated from their families, which could lead to catastrophic results. A report on the treatment of domestic helpers revealed other forms of maltreatment, including sexual harassment, rape, withholding of wages, prolonged working hours and beatings, which sometimes led to death. When an employer does not want to pay his financial obligations, he claims the employee stole from him. When police discover she is an illegal resident, she gets deported without having the chance to claim her rights.

A domestic helper died from her injuries after she was thrown out of a balcony by her female employer. According to the employer, who is free on bail, she "fell from the balcony" after the two women fought over a mobile phone that belonged to the victim.

Each woman has a heart-wrenching story to tell. One said she has not been paid for months, another was physically assaulted and a third had her passports confiscated and was prevented from contacting her family.

Abuses, high or isolated should be addressed properly. Immediate and effective actions should be undertaken to alleviate the plights of these poor souls.


11 comments:

Algarve Tour Guide said...

This is terrible stories... but very great work!

Bay Martin said...

My heart cries at the thought that many women are being subjected to abuses by people who themselves human beings!

Mon said...

O ayan may gmail account na kami ni Jo, para naman maganda ang pangalan namin at may kulay.

Madalas akong makabasa ng tungkol sa ating mga kawawang kababayan na pumpasok ng DHs. Sobra talaga ang mga ugali ng mga ... alam mo na.

Joe said...

Thanks sa pagamit ng PC. Long time no visit sa blogsite mo.

Heto na kami at manggugulo ulit.

Sumusulak din ang aking dugo kapag nakakabasa ako ng tungkol sa mga domestic helpers na inaapi ng mga amo. Anong ginagawa ng ating government? Marami tayong mga kabayan na dhs na nasa pagkalinga ng ating embahada.

Ka Igme said...

Tutoo lahat 'to, Ka Bay. Marami tayong mga stranded na kabayan na mga DHs, kawawa naman!

Mon said...

Abused, maltreated, raped, kakalungkot isipin na marami sa ating mga kabayan na nagtrabaho rito bilang dhs at mga naapi!

Roque said...

Kawawa nga ang mga kabayan nating Pinays na pumapasok dito bilang katulong.

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