By: Elena Grace Flores
All maids are different. Being people, some clearly enjoy the job more than others. Some are treated as members of the family; others become the victims of appalling treatment and abuse. OFWs or Overseas Filipino Workers often opt for becoming domestic helpers for better pay. But sadly, some end up experiencing maltreatment.
[VIDEO]: Watch how some OFWs are being maltreated in the Middle East or Asia and how they ask for help via social media.
Low Pay in Asia and the Middle East
Paid Lesser than Contract in the Middle East
Countries sending domestic workers to the United Arab Emirates dictate how much they should be paid each month — around $200 to $400 –but they are often paid less, says a Human Rights Watch Report.
Slavery Mentality in the UAE
the United Arab Emirates has an appalling record when it comes to protecting domestic workers. Its report, ” I already bought you”; says the Emirates’ lack of labor laws exposes workers to “overwork, underpay and abuse.” This is probably why there are many reports of domestic helpers being molested or physically abused because of such attitude by some Arab employers.
Victims of Maltreatment Resort to Social Media
Physical and mental abuse by foreign employers of their Filipino domestic workers in Asia and the Middle East – are often relayed to their families via social media. The ILO estimates that there are more than 52 million domestic workers worldwide. But activists say that in many countries, especially in Asia, they have no legal protection. Therefore, most of them resort to getting help via social media. Posting videos and images of their ordeals.