OFW in Kuwait tor­tured, burned with cig­a­rettes by em­ployer

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ANALMOST in­com­pre­hen­si­ble Bretchielyn Magsayo faced the cam­era to re­lay her story of abuse in the bru­tal hands of her em­ployer in Kuwait, and her des­per­ate pleas to be res­cued.

In a har­row­ing Face­book video by a cer­tain A. Ramos up­loaded via ne­ti­zen An­thony En­riquez on March 10, Satur­day, Magsayo showed the pur­ple bruises on her arms and thighs to the cam­era, as well as the cig­a­rette burns she sus­tained on her shoul­ders and wrists.

“Pi­naso yan nila,” she said in tears. “Gawa nila yan. Sana mat­u­lun­gan niyo ako.”

(They made these burns. They did these. I hope you can help me.)

In the video, she points to her right arm with a huge deep pur­ple bruise. She nar­rated, “Yung dito ko po, hi­nam­pas po yan ng ano, ng pan­g­luto. Tu­lun­gan ninyo ako, i- res­cue niyo ako agad agad gusto ko na umuwi ng Pilip­inas. Tu­lun­gan niyo ho ako, hu­mi­hingi ako ng tu­long.”

(This was hit by a cook­ing im­ple­ment. Please help me, please res­cue me as soon as you can, I want to go back home to the Philip­pines. Will you please help me? I am ask­ing for your help.)

Aside from the huge bruise on her right arm, an­other big pur­plish and yel­low­ish bruise is above it. Cig­a­rette burns can also be seen be­low the huge bruises, still on that arm alone.

Magsayo works as a Filipino maid for her em­ployer in the ad­dress Zunup Sura Zha­jra, Block 5, Street 514, House 24. It was re­vealed that she is usu­ally beaten black and blue by her em­ployer.

In an­other video up­loaded by En­riquez, Magsayo is seen hid­ing in­side the bath­room as a com­pan­ion told her to ask for help while be­ing recorded on cam­era. As her videos and pic­tures went vi­ral on so­cial me­dia, it didn’t take long for the au­thor­i­ties to res­cue Magsayo.

Ar­nell Arevalo Ig­na­cio, who was ap­pointed Deputy Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor V of the Over­seas Work­ers Wel­fare Ad­min­is­tra­tion by Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte just this Jan­uary, shared En­riquez’s post on his own Face­book on March 11, alert­ing peo­ple that Magsayo had been res­cued.

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