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Kyla, bruised and battered, lies in bed. (Inset): Injuries, including broken jaw, on Kyla’s face
Filipina maid claims rape, hurt fleeing, seeks justice ‘Sponsor, agency responsible’

KUWAIT CITY, June 25: A Filipino household service worker (HSW) who was allegedly raped and fell off the second floor of the accommodation of the manpower agency that deployed her and suffered a broken jaw, fractured left shoulder and sprained right arm wanted the agency and her employer to be held liable for what happened to her. Kyla, not her real name, is a 27-year-old single mom and native of Mangatarem, Pangasinan in the Philippines.

She arrived in Kuwait last May 17 and worked for an Iranian employer. “My employers were good but unfortunately the brother of my madam came to the house when my employers were out and raped me last June 9,” Kyla told the Arab Times who had difficulty in speaking.

She told her female employer what happened but she did not believe her prompting her to call the manpower agency for help. She went to the agency on June 16 and they filed a case against the suspect at the police station.

However, her employer urged her not to pursue the case in exchange for her immediate repatriation. Her employer warned her that the case would drag on for 10 years. “I just agreed to go home. They will buy me my ticket and pay the agency for my unfinished contract. I waited for days but nothing happened and I wanted to go home.

I wanted to go to the Philippine embassy but the agency doesn’t seem to let me,” she narrated. She recounted that on June 21, she decided to go to the embassy but she was locked inside a room at her agency’s building. Out of desperation, she tied up the blankets and tried to escape. But she fell from the second floor while the other Filipina who also tried to escape was safely rescued by the Philippine Embassy team.

Kyla now is set to undergo maxillofacial surgery to repair her broken jaw. “I want my mom to come to Kuwait so she can look after me while I’m recovering. I’m appealing to the embassy to help me,” she cried. The Philippine Embassy already suspended the manpower agency and is set to file a case against the employer and the agency for what happened to the HSW.

By: Michelle Fe Santiago Arab Times Staff

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