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サウジで雇用主にレイプされたOFW、現在もなお20名が虐待されていると証言(OFW Recounts Near Rape by Saudi Employer, Says 20 Others Are Being Treated as Sex Slaves)

2009年6月30日
Manila Times

  
 

 サウジアラビアから帰国したOFWの女性が、同国で性奴隷のごとく虐待されている20名の女性を救助するよう緊急記者会見をおこなった。

 最近帰国した1人のOFWが、サウジアラビアで性奴隷のごとく虐待されている20名の女性を救助するよう緊急のアピールを行った。
 先週土曜日、ミグランテ・インターナショナル事務所で行われた記者会見において、エリヤさん(仮名)は、彼女の雇用主であるアブ・カリドから、他の女性達と一緒に虐待を受けたと述べた。
 「私たちはアロヨ政権に、アブ・カリドの相手をさせられている20名のフィリピン人女性のために緊急救出活動を求めます」とミグランテ・インターナショナル代表のガリー・マルティネス氏は述べた。「サウジ・アラビアのフィリピン大使館は、彼女たちが必要な医療を受け、アブ・カリドに容疑がかかっているか確認すべきだ」。
 エリヤさん自身は、つい最近アブ・カリドにレイプされたと記者会見場で告白した。彼女は、フィリピン国内で雇用が見つからないため、彼女や他の女性達のように、海外で厳しい経験をしなければならないことを嘆いた。
 エリヤさんは29才。彼女は以前ドバイで2年間ベビーシッターとして働いていた。彼女は、フィリピン人労働者が海外でいかに厳しい仕事に耐えて、家族に送金しているかを目の当たりにしてきた。3年前に帰国した彼女は、もう二度と海外で働かないと言っていた。
 しかし、エリヤさんも彼女の夫も定期的な収入源を見つけることができなかった。夫婦に子どもはいなかったが、彼女の父親が亡くなったことで、彼女は兄弟姉妹の生活を支える必要が出てきた。
 昨年11月、エリヤさんは知人から魅力的な仕事を紹介された。サウジアラビアでの家政婦の仕事だった。「斡旋業者は最初の給与から、必要な手数料を引く形を取ったため、私の負担は、健康診断や必要な諸雑費の合計2万円だけだ、ということだった。」国内では仕事を見つけることが難しく、エリヤさんは、再び海外で働くことを決意した。彼女はベビーシッターを希望した。彼女と彼女の妹は、必要な書類を昨年末に揃え、今年初めに契約書にサインした。
 出発の日の3月20日までに、彼女の夫は、エリヤさんの契約書のコピーを斡旋業者に求めていた。しかし、ようやく空港のチェックインカウンターで彼らが受け取ったのは給与規定すら書かれていない契約書だった。その後サウジアラビアに到着するまでに、斡旋業者は給与についてきちんと説明した。ところがそれもでたらめだったことに後から気付くことになる。
 彼女はフィリピンでベビーシッターの仕事の斡旋を受けたが、彼女に用意されていた仕事は、雇用主の家族の全般的な家政婦としての仕事であった。「私の雇い主は、2日間にわたって、食べ物はおろか水さえも与えてくれなかった。」その後、彼女は意識を失い、翌日斡旋業者のもとに送り返された。彼女を雇用したダンマンの斡旋業者は、彼女を病院に連れて行ったものの、そこでは5時間しか休息を取ることが許されなかった。
 さて、エリアは、新しい仕事が見つかるまで、斡旋業者のところにとどまる以外に方法はなかった。最初の数日間、エリヤさんは、一緒にいたフィリピン人女性から、アブ・カリドにレイプされたという話しを聞いた。
 5月のある日、エリヤさんは、アブ・カリドから事務所に来るように言われた。すでに9時を過ぎており、エリヤさんは念のため何枚も重ね着をしていった。
 「彼は私をレイプしようとする前、彼は私に好きな体位などを聞いてきた。」「彼が何を望んでいるのか聞いたところ、彼は自分が満足するまで家に帰さないと言った。」
 エリヤさんは、アブ・カリドに自分が闘う意志があることに気付くように言ったところ、彼は自ら服を脱ぎ始め、私の服を脱がそうとしていた。「私はとっさにペンをつかんだ。私が最初にしようと思ったことは、彼の目を突き刺すことだった。そうすれば彼は私を見ることができなくなる。」彼は、私が真剣に彼の目を突き刺そうとしているのに気付いて躊躇した。
 5月30日、アブ・カリドは再びエリヤさんを事務所に呼び出した。「私は彼と闘うことを決意した。私は彼に、レイプされるぐらいなら死んだほうがマシだと伝えた。そして、私の対応に、彼は、他の女性達も彼の悪態を知っていることを恐れ始めた。」
 「彼のスタッフも彼の側に付いているので、誰も私たちを助けてくれる人がいない。だから、私は6月7日に彼の秘書から、私の帰国便のチケットが用意されたことを聞いて驚いた。」
 エリヤさんは、アブ・カリドのもとに、20名のフィリピン人女性が置き去りになっていることを心配する。「ほとんどの女性はレイプされ続けてきた。そして今も。」
 「私が彼の事務所から飛び出し、助けを求めたとき、彼女たちは、唯一の希望がこの自分であると語ってくれた。だから、私は今、ここでこうしている」と、記者会見で述べた。
 エリヤさんは、帰国後、ほとんど休息を取らずにミグランテに行き、現状を伝え、仲間の救済への協力を求めた。
 6月23日、彼女の知人が現地から泣きながら助けを求めてくる電話があった。しかしその知人が使っていた携帯電話は、突然アブ・アリドに取り上げられてしまった。
 アブ・アリドに電話をしたミグランテのマルティネス氏によれば、アブ・アリドは、現在彼の事務所にいる女性達には何もしていないと述べたという。それに対してマルティネス氏は、エリヤさんをレイプしかけたこと、そしてそれに失敗したこと、そして彼女を送り返したことを、私たちは把握している、とアブ・アリドに伝えた。
  その後、ミグランテ中東支部のジョン・モンテロナ氏から、ミグランテに救出活動の進捗状況についての報告が入り、2名の女性(内1名は、エリヤさんの姉妹)を救出したことを確認した。
 マルティネス氏は、サウジアラビアのフィリピン大使館がほとんど何もせず、ただ現地の警察に電話しただけであることを批判する。しかも、もしミグランテがフィリピン大使館に連絡を取らなければ、大使館はまったく何もしなかっただろう、とのことだ。
 エリヤさんは、6月に4名がアブ・カリドにレイプされたことを把握している。彼女によれば、フィリピン大使館は、すでに事態を把握しているのに、何もしていないことを理解できないという。大使館は、私たちの要請への対応が非常に遅いのに対して、ミグランテ中東支部は、即座に女性達の救済に動いてくれたことに、彼女は非常に感謝している。
 救済された2名については、法医学的な検査を待っている状態である。ミグランテの経験によれば、一度本国に送還されてしまうと、事件の調査が難しくなってしまうので、大使館は被害者をすぐにフィリピンに送り返してしまうべきではない、とマルティネス氏は述べる。
 エリヤさんは、アロヨ政権は、OFWの福祉と安全を最優先に考えるべきだと述べる。彼女は、海外に働くことを考えているフィリピン人に対して、契約内容を署名する前にきちんと理解すること、また渡航に際しては、フィリピン大使館とミグランテ・インターナショナルの連絡先を把握しておくべき、とアドバイスする。
 マルティネス氏は、アロヨ大統領が、現在も労働輸出政策を強化し続けていることを批判する。国を離れるOFWの多くが家政婦として働き、またその行き先の多くはサウジアラビアだ。その国では家政婦に休日の権利すら認識されていない。

MANILA – An overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who recently returned to the Philippines has made an urgent appeal to help rescue 20 other women OFWs in Saudi Arabia, some of whom are being treated as sex slaves by her former employer. She said several of the women have been raped.

In a press conference held Saturday at the office of Migrante International, Aliyah, not her real name, said she fears the abuses committed by her former employer, Abu Khalid, on the other women have not stopped.

“We demand that the Arroyo administration conduct an immediate rescue mission to save the 20 Filipinas who are still being held in the harem of Abu Khalid,” said Garry Martinez, chairman of Migrante. “The Philippine embassy in Saudi Arabia should also ensure that the Filipinas be brought to a hospital for medical treatment and that criminal cases be filed against Abu Khalid,” he said.

Aliyah herself was nearly raped by Abu Khalid, she narrated at the press conference. She bewailed that she and the other women have to go through the ordeal because of the lack of employment back home.

Aliyah, 29, had worked for two years as a babysitter in Dubai. There, she witnessed and experienced how Filipino migrant workers endured hard work abroad to be able to send money to their families back home. Aliyah returned home three years ago and promised never to work abroad again.

But since then, Aliyah and her husband never found a stable source of income to sustain their needs. Even though they do not have children of their own, Aliyah was forced to provide support to her siblings since their father died many years ago.

In November last year, Aliyah heard about an enticing job offer from a friend who was applying as a domestic helper in Saudi Arabia. “Instead of paying a placement fee outright, the agency would deduct it from my first salary. I only had to pay for my medical check up and other miscellaneous fees amounting to P10,000,” Aliyah said.

Having little or no opportunity for employment here at home, Aliyah decided to try her luck again.

She applied as a babysitter. She and her sister completed their requirements late last year and signed the contract early this year. During the contract signing, Aliyah remembered that they were not given the opportunity by the AFT Company, a recruitment agency in Ermita, Manila, to read the provisions stipulated in the contract. “They told us that we would earn 800 riyals but we never saw what was written in the contract,” she said.

On the actual day of departure last May 20, her husband asked the staff of the agency for a copy of Aliyah’s contract. But he was given a blank contract. “No salary and employer’s name was stipulated,” she said, “We were only given a copy of the contract as we were approaching the check-in counter” at the airport.

Fortunately, upon arriving in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, they were told that they were going to get a salary of 800 riyals. But in the following few days, Aliyah’s misfortune began.

Attempted Rape

Instead of the babysitting job that she had applied for in the Philippines, Aliyah became an all-around domestic helper for the family of her employer. “My employer did not give me food nor water for two days and two nights,” she said, adding that she lost consciousness and was brought back to the agency the next day.

The Maqpoon Belahodood General Service Company, Aliyah’s recruitment agency in Dammam, then brought her to a hospital where she was treated and had the opportunity to rest for only five hours. Aliyah worked for the family for a total of only five days. She was not paid for it. Neither was she compensated for the health risks she endured after what her employer did to her.

Now unemployed, Aliyah had no choice but to stay at the recruitment agency owned and managed by Abu Khalid until the management found a new job for her.

During the first few days of her stay in the agency, Aliyah said she heard many stories from fellow Filipino women about domestic helpers like them being raped by Abu Khalid.

“They told me there were many women who were repeatedly raped by Abu Khalid. Some were sent home but did not file charges,” Aliyah said, adding that Abu Khalid even raped a Filipino woman who was so sick she had blood in her feces.

One day in May, Aliyah was summoned by Abu Khalid to his office. Aliyah knew what could possibly happen since it was already 9 p.m., way beyond official business hours. “So before I went down to his office, I wore three layers of clothes so that he would have difficulty undressing me if he decided to rape me,” Aliyah said.

“Before he attempted to rape me, he asked me if I was contented with the sex I was having with my husband. He also asked me what positions I liked,” she said. “I asked him what he wanted from me and he told me that he would never allow me to go home until he had enjoyed himself with me.”


Aliyah said Abu Khalid must have noticed her will to fight so he started to undress himself. “I immediately grabbed a pen. The first thing I wanted to do was to hit his eyes so he would not be able to see me,” Aliyah said, adding that in this encounter Abu Khalid was able to remove part of her clothing.

“He became hesitant when he noticed that I was seriously considering stabbing him with the pen so he let me go, saying that he would make sure that he would be able to ‘taste’ me before I go,” she said.

Last May 30, Aliyah said Abu Khalid summoned her again. “I was determined to fight. I told him that I would rather go out of his office dead rather than be raped by him,” she said, adding that this made him hesitate. “He was also afraid that other women would know about his evil acts. He did not know that most OFWs knew about his acts,” she added.

“He is a pig. We, the Filipinos there, never looked at him as a human being,” Aliyah said

Rescue Operation

“We had no one to go to for help because even his staff sided with him. So I was surprised to hear on June 7 from his secretary that I had a plane ticket for a flight back home that day,” she said.

Aliyah said she is worried about the 20 other Filipino women who were left in the custody of Abu Khalid. “Most of the women there have been raped repeatedly and I am sure that they are still being raped every day,” she said.

“My companions there told me that once I got out of Abu Khalid’s office, I should seek help. They told me that I was their only hope. This is why I am doing this,” Aliyah said, referring to the press conference.

Upon arriving in the Philippines, Aliyah said she only rested for a while and immediately went to Migrante to give her statement and to try to arrange a rescue operation for her companions back in Dammam.

Last June 23, a friend called Aliyah up and was crying on the phone pleading that they be rescued right away. The cellular phone her friend was using was suddenly grabbed from her. Abu Khalid was at the other end. Migrante’s Martinez, who was with Aliyah at the time the call was made, talked to him.

“He told me that I was only creating trouble and that we are making a big issue out of it,” Martinez said. “He claimed he has done nothing against the 20 women who were left in his office.”


“I told him that we already know that he attempted to rape Aliyah and when he failed to do so, he sent her home,” Martinez said.

After his conversation with Khalid, Martinez said they received a call from Migrante’s Middle East coordinator, John Monterona, who informed them about an ongoing rescue operation. Around 7 p.m. Migrante received confirmation that only two of the women were rescued, including Aliyah’s sister and another Filipino woman. “We are sad that others were left,” Martinez said.

Martinez criticized the Philippine embassy in Saudi Arabia for not doing enough to rescue the women. “The only thing that the embassy did was to call for assistance from the local police there,” Martinez said, adding that if Migrante did not call and send an email to the Philippine embassy, embassy officials would not have acted on the case.


Aliyah said four rape complaints had been filed against Abu Khalid in June. “This means that they already had an idea about what was happening. But I do not understand why the government is not doing anything. They are very slow in responding to our needs. I am thankful that we were able to contact Migrante Middle East who helped us rescue the women in Abu Khalid’s office.”

Martinez said they are still waiting for the results of the medico-legal examination on the two women who were recently rescued.

Martinez added that they are asking the embassy in Saudi Arabia not to deport the victims, explaining that, based on Migrante’s experience, ‘once the victim is deported, the case filed against the suspect becomes weaker.”

Aliyah said the Arroyo administration should make sure that the OFWs welfare and safety are a priority. “We are saving the economy of the Philippines. I think that it is but right that they, too, save us from any cruelty that we face abroad,” she said.

She advised Filipinos who are planning to work abroad to make sure that they understand the contract they are being asked to sign and know the contact details of both the embassy and Migrante because, according to her, they can never be sure about their safety once they are out of the country.

Martinez urged President Arroyo “to put on hold its intensifying labor exportation program. The biggest number of OFWs leaving the country is domestic helpers and their main destination is Saudi Arabia, a country that doesn’t even recognize the right of domestic helpers to have a day off.”

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