Filipino group rescue abused maids in UAE

Filipino group rescue abused maids in UAE

DUBAI // Some help is on hand for Filipina maids and nannies who find themselves trapped by abusive employers.

A Filipino organization is dedicated to helping domestic workers and tracking down Filipinos involved in human trafficking and illegal recruitment activities.

The Dubai chapter of Sangguniang Masang Pilipino International ("Council of the Filipino Masses") aims, according to Ibrahim Robel Beltran, a 40-year-old hotel security manager who joined the group when it was set up in October, to "provide security and ensure peace and order in the UAE's Filipino community".

"We conduct rescue operations and also look into human trafficking cases involving Filipinos," said the former policeman, who moved to Dubai two years ago.

Its 57 members - among them safety officers, security personnel, engineers, nurses, office workers and housemaids - have so far helped more than 20 women, including Caridad, a 38-year-old housemaid in Umm al Qaiwain who has not been paid or had a day off since she started work three years ago. Caridad is still with her employer, but is planning to flee.

The Filipina housemaid claims she is beaten regularly by her Emirati employer. On one occasion, she was burnt with a hot iron. "She sent us photos of her bruises using her mobile phone," Mr Beltran said.

Her employer's home is located in a remote area and it is not easy for her to find a taxi in which to flee. However, when she manages to do so, the group will fetch her from Dubai and take her to the labour office. "We're now doing our own surveillance on the recruitment agency in Sharjah that hired her."

Once rescued, the maids stay at a shelter, the Filipino Workers Resource Centre, managed by officials at the Philippine overseas labour office in Al Qusais.

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May 14, 2014
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ibrahim robel beltran abandoned his 3 other children in the philippines NEW
by: Anonymous

my gosh mr.ibrahim robel beltran,it seems your word are good to hear to others that they didnt know about the real you..you help other people but you dont know how to help your own family,likewise the family you abandoned here in the philippines..you have 3 other children that you didnt support here..but look at what you have now,lots of people out there in uae are giving you the best appreciation..how great you are to others,you abandoned your children here because of other woman whos name zuriah zaiffy..now tell us how great father you are and how great husband you are...you and your new behalf is piece of shit!! a great lier in the history....a good home wrecker and an abandonist father...we let the whole world know about you..

Oct 15, 2013
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HELP MY COUSIN NEW
by: MARLON TAMBALGUE

PLS. HELP US. WHO KNOW THE FILIPINO COMMUNITY AND GROUP WHO HELP ME, PLS HELP MY COUSIN IN AL AIN UAE. CHAT ME AT MY EMAIL m.tambalgu3@gmail.com

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