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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, March 22, 2018
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Negrense in Saudi freed


A Negrense household service worker in Saudi Arabia, who claimed she was locked in a stockroom by her employer, is thanking everyone now helping her so that she can return to the Philippines soon.

Edrelyn Cauntoy told the DAILY STAR in a video call yesterday that she has already been released from the stockroom of her female employer’s house in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The husband of her employer helped her to fly to Dammam, also in Saudi Arabia, where she is temporarily staying while waiting for her plane ticket to return to the Philippines.

The video of 27-year-old Cauntoy asking for help went viral among netizens in the social networking site Facebook. She said she was givenonly noodles for food in the evening every day since March 13.

Now that Cauntoy is in Dammam, the mother of her male employer has been giving her proper food since Tuesday night but she could not initially digest after being starved for several days, she said.

“I am feeling okay now. I am really thankful to all those who helped me,” Cauntoy, who is from Barangay Poblacion in Bago City, Negros Occidental, said.

She said her female employer did not allow her passes or days-off, and forced her to attend to all the needs and orders of the nine members of the household, duties that were not stated in her contract.

Cauntoy started working for her female employer in July 2016 and her contract was supposed to expire in July.

Asked if she would again venture as a household service worker abroad after getting back to the Philippines, she said she doubts it.*SGG


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