Trafficked OFW wins criminal case against Malaysian employers

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The employer of a trafficked overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Malaysia has already been convicted.

The employer has been convicted by the Sessions Court in Malaysia for violation of the Anti-Trafficking in person and Smuggling of Migrants (ATIPSOM) Act. 

“The conviction is a big win for us during this pandemic and is the very first victory for a Filipina in Malaysia. This is an example of the government’s commitment to protecting and promoting the rights of our OFWs,” Sarah Loui Arriola, Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Sarah Lou Y. Arriola said in a statement. 

The unnamed OFW has escaped a rape attempt from her first employer. The now-convicted Malaysian couple took advantage of the situation and forced her to work at their home. She was reportedly maltreated and subjected to cruel and abusive acts using a hanger, a flat iron, boiling oil, to name a few. 

Escape

Despite being bruised, the Filipina was able to escape the couple from her wicked employers and was found by a Filipino couple in an abandoned lot and was later brought to the Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur. 

After a series of police investigations and a medico-legal examination, her case was classified as under the Anti-Trafficking in person and Smuggling of Migrant Acts. 

Photo by Deccan Herald

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