Filipina maid raped by Saudi employer

A Saudi man raped his Filipina housemaid at his house, prompting the Philippine embassy in the Gulf Kingdom to intervene and demand swift police action.

The maid managed to phone the embassy and reported that her employer’s son raped her at home in the northern town of Turaif early this month.

Embassy officials went to the police station in the town and asked them to take action. Police raided the house but did not find the rapist, who apparently fled.

“Police have launched a manhunt to catch the rapist while the maid has been taken to a house belonging to the Philippine embassy in Riyadh,” the Saudi Arabic language daily Arar said.

The incident coincided with ongoing negotiations between Saudi Arabia and the Philippines to end a ban by Manila on the travel of Filipina domestic workers following reports of massive abuses of the maids in the Kingdom. Indonesia has also joined the Philippines and suspended the supply of maids to Saudi Arabia.

More than two million domestic workers from the Philippines, Indonesia and other Asian and African countries work in Saudi Arabia, the largest Arab economy and the world’s top oil exporter.

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