Maid forced to drink bleach

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Separately, Manila’s for­eign min­istry said yes­ter­day a Philip­pine do­mes­tic worker has been hos­pi­tal­ized in Saudi Ara­bia af­ter her em­ployer al­legedly forced her to drink house­hold bleach. Do­mes­tic worker Agnes Man­cilla un­der­went emer­gency ab­dom­i­nal surgery af­ter she was taken, un­con­scious, to a hos­pi­tal in Saudi’s south­west­ern Jizan city on April 2, the min­istry said. “We are work­ing closely with au­thor­i­ties in Jizan to make sure that jus­tice will be given to Agnes Man­cilla,” the min­istry said in a state­ment.

The vic­tim is in “se­ri­ous but sta­ble con­di­tion” in hos­pi­tal and Saudi po­lice have ar­rested her fe­male em­ployer, who has not been named, it added. Man­cilla had worked in Saudi Ara­bia since 2016 “but was re­peat­edly phys­i­cally abused by her lady em­ployer” who also failed to pay her salary, the state­ment said, cit­ing Edgar Bada­jos, the Philip­pine con­sul in the Saudi city of Jed­dah.

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