Murdered Filipina victim suffered sexual assault

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KUWAIT CITY, Jan 25: The Public Prosecution said that its investigations into the corpse – burned beyond recognition and a crushed skull – which was found in Salmi and identified through her fingerprints was subjected to sexual assault before she was allegedly murdered by the Kuwaiti juvenile suspect, reports Al-Rai daily.

The Prosecution said legal measures have been taken against the young man after he allegedly admitted to committing the crime. The prosecution said that a report from the Taima police station stated that the body of an unidentified woman was found in the Salmi area. The Prosecution proceeded with the investigation procedures by going to the scene of the incident and interviewing the suspect, and assigning the Forensic Medicine Department to state the cause of death.

Meanwhile, Migrant Workers Secretary Susan Ople stated “We will reach out to the Kuwaiti government. Maybe it’s time to review the 2018 bilateral labor agreement so that it would be similar to the bilateral agreement with Saudi Arabia which has more safeguards for our workers,” reports Philstar

The Philippines and Kuwait inked an agreement in 2018 guaranteeing certain rights of workers, including their right to keep their passports and mobile phones which are typically confiscated by employers. This agreement was signed after the Philippines banned the deployment of workers to Kuwait following the discovery of the body of Filipino domestic worker Joanna Demafelis in her employers’ freezer that same year.

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