American helps abused OFWs, says Philippines should stop sending Filipino workers to Saudi Arabia

An american showed his compassion towards the abused Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) and urging the Philippines to stop sending OFW in Saudi Arabia.


Karl Fredrick Anderson has been doing his deed for about four years now. He already have a Facebook page for Filipino workers called “Filipino Domestic Worker Abuse in Saudi Arabia."

Anderson said that their aim is to "create awareness of a serious problem of abuse and human trafficking of Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia and offer contacts to those who are being abused."

He said, "I really feel the only way to stop the abuse of Filipino workers is to ban sending workers there."

"The abuse they suffer and how they are treated is cultural," he added.

Anderson shared that he runs a record label in California and he started his mission when a Filipina friend she knew was abused by the employer. That's the time he rescued her and his journey continues afterward.

"After I rescued the first worker, another one was referred to me and another,” Anderson said.

"There are now approximately 40 workers in two groups handling cases. It is well over 500 that have been helped.”

Anderson also stated how Filipinos abused and maltreated by their employers. Some were raped, beaten, not giving their monthly wage and slapping or spitting is common.

"Many workers are sexually abused or raped by their employers. Sometimes it will be the son who is the sexual abuser, not the baba. Most of the physical abuse and beating are done, on the other hand, by the madam," Anderson said.

"I have seen many workers who were beaten with an electrical cord, stick, or the black rope that ties the headdress on the man. I have had workers that were thrown downstairs and burned with hot irons."

He added, "Many workers will not be paid for four to eight months or more. There will be cases, too, where the employer will not let the worker leave or go home after the end of the contract."

Anderson recognized the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) for helping right away the abused Filipino.

But for him, for the abuse to eliminate completely, the country should stop sending Filipino workers to Saudi Arabia.

"Anything less and you will just be sending workers abroad to suffer the same," he said.

Source: GMA

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