- Filipina Maid Tied To a Tree By Her Employers as a Punishment
- A Filipina OFW who worked for a wealthy family in Saudi Arabia suffered a humiliating punishment at their hands.
We all make mistakes and just like all the mistakes in the world, they have consequences. A Filipina maid in Riyadh recently received one of the most bizarre punishments you can ever imagine – she was tied to a tree. For what, you ask. For leaving furniture in the sun! I can think of tons of deservedly punishments her employer could have given her, like deducting her salary. But even that will be harsh punishment for leaving a piece of furniture in the sun.
Lovely Acosta Baruelo, the 26-year-old Filipina maid in question was working for a wealthy family in Riyadh when she left a piece of furniture in the sun. The family was furious, leading them to perform this heinous act. It is believed that the mother of two forgot the furniture as a result of the workload.
According to the family, the sunlight causes the furniture to discolor. However, nobody knows if the furniture were actually damaged by being left in the sun.
It is disheartening to think that this Middle Eastern family perceived the life of Lovely Acosta Baruelo as less valuable as a piece of furniture.
Horrified by Lovely’s treatment, a colleague decided to come to her rescue by taking the photos of here while still tied to a tree outside in the garden. She then uploaded the photos to social media, hoping someone from the outside would help Lovely Acosta Baruelo. The colleague later revealed that this was not new; in fact, they have faced even more cruel punishments in the hands of their employees. As you can imagine, the viral photo of the 26-year old maid caused outrage.
What followed was an intervention from the Philippines government through the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). That government promised to bring back Lovely to the Philippines and reunite her with her family.
A DFA spokesman said:
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reports that Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) Lovely Acosta Baruelo arrived in Manila Philippines at 8.55 p.m. on 9 May 2019.
The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh reported that the case of OFW Baruelo was referred to them on 9 May, and she was repatriated on the same day. OFW Baruelo was allegedly punished by her employer by being tied to a tree.
Lovely Acosta Baruelo has since returned to La Union, Philippines and with her family, and she thanked those who helped her. She, however, urged the government to ensure the safety of other Filipino workers who are still in Saudi Arabia.
“Thank you so much to all those who helped me. I want to also ask help for the other Filipinos left there. They are the ones who helped me and uploaded my pictures. I am afraid for their safety. I hope they get rescued too,” Lovely wrote on Facebook.
Nevertheless, she had final words for her employee, saying:
“You old man will find your karma, just you wait. Keep deducting our salaries. This is the reason why you have poor health. It is your karma for all the wrong things you did.”
According to government estimates, 2.3 million Filipinos work in different countries in the Middle East and Africa, a huge share of the number being women.
There have been numerous complaints by Filipinos working abroad that they are being mistreated by their employers.