- An abused Filipina in Iraq used Facebook Live to ask for help
- The video showing her being assaulted by an Arab houseboy went viral before Christmas
- The OFW has been rescued by the Philippine Embassy and is now enroute to the Philippines
After a harrowing plea for help through Facebook Live, Pinay domestic helper Alice Soriano Aguilan is now safely on a flight to the Philippines.
She was rescued by the Philippine Embassy in Iraq within 10-15 minutes after she broadcasted a Facebook Live video on December 22 showing her being beaten up by a relative of her employer.
The embassy shared an update on December 26 saying Aguilan is at the Baghdad International Airport and will be flying back to the Philippines.
According to a report by Inquirer, Aguilan's employer wanted her to stay, but the Filipina insisted she is leaving for good because she feared for her life.
Thankfully, the embassy was quick to respond to her situation. Within only 15 minutes from her call for help, the officials were already at her employer's house ready to take her in their custody.
Her employer, Mazen Junis Alsamawi, turned over her passport to the embassy officials and allowed her to leave.
As an undocumented overseas worker, Aguilan couldn't file a formal complaint with the Iraqi police.
Since she did not have a valid work visa, she could be jailed for working without a permit.
According to Aguilan, the embassy brought her to the hospital for a check up. She sustained minor head injuries and a swollen eye.
In her Facebook Live video posted on December 22, the OFW was frantic and crying. She said she was assaulted, choked, and beaten up by Hammode Alsamawi, her employer's relative who also serves them.
During the live broadcast, Hammode was seen hitting Aguilan after seeing her taking the video.
Take caution while watching this video.
According to a GMA News Online report, there are 4,000 registered OFWs in Iraq.
May domestic workers in the Middle East suffer different kinds of abuse from their employers.
Aguilan is a widow from Sta. Cruz, Laguna. She has four children and two grandchildren waiting for her at home.