Pinay DH in Kuwait seeks repatriation due to long working hours

    Lyn Serrano Rigor, a Pinay domestic helper (DH) in Kuwait, has sought embassy help for her repatriation because she could no longer cope with long working hours.

    She is made to work from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. as an all around housemaid.

    She added that, aside from long working hours, she also could not concentrate on her work because her employer’s wife was always shouting.

    “Nakiusap ako sa aking employer na ibalik na ako sa Pilipinas o sa aking agency pero kailangan ko raw bayaran ang ginastos nila sa pag-hire sa akin,” she said in a text message.

   (I pleaded with my employer to send me home or return me to my agency but I was told I had to pay the amount spent in hiring me.)

    She said that she did not have the amount required, pointing out that the amount was large and she was also sending money for her child and her parents’ living expenses in Tarlac.

    She is a single mom.

    Rigor had difficulty getting in touch with her agency, Afaq Recruitment. When she finally contacted it, she was told to wait for update regarding her complaint.

    She said that she had not heard from agency officials since then.

    She added that, if given the chance, she would like to go to the embassy for help but she did not have money for fare.

    Rigor arrived in Kuwait on March 15.

    She stayed with her first employer for only two months, then with her second for five months before she was transferred to her current employer.

    “Binenta nila ako nang di ko nalalaman at dina dumaan sa agency ko,” she said.

    (I was sold without my knowledge and without going through the agency.)

   Her case was forwarded to former foreign service officer Rafael E. Seguis, who is now with the Geneva-based Center for Humanitarian Dialogue, for referral to the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait.

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