Sunday, December 26, 2010

Seven OFWs, child, infant spend Xmas in Saudi jail

At least seven overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and two children spent Christmas in jail in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, a militant migrant group said Sunday.

Migrante-KSA secretary-general Mike Garlan said the OFWs were arrested for lack of proper documents.

“We were alerted by a concerned OFW who said there were seven undocumented OFWs who were apprehended by the Mutawa [religious] police and Jawazat [passport office agents] in Naseem area, Riyadh early morning of Dec. 25," Garlan said in an article on the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines news site Sunday.

Four of them were women, two of which have children — a one-year-old and a three-month, according to the Migrante official. 

The report did not name the OFWs.

The Filipinos who escaped from abusive employers have expired iqama or work permit, Garlan said. 

His group has reported the case to the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh and requested for immediate assistance. — VS, GMANews.TV

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