Social media photos of Filipina domestic helper tied on a tree by her heartless Saudi Arabian employers have sparked netizens’ anger.
26-year-old Lovely Acosta Baruelo who had been working as a maid for a wealthy Saudi Arabian family for several months was tied on a tree to allegedly teach her a lesson after she allegedly left an expensive furniture in the sun.
According to Daily Mail, the mother of two while going about her duties, left the expensive furniture outside in the sun, consequently angering her employers who claimed that sun heat posed the risk of fading the furniture. They then decided to tie her on a tree to make her ‘taste the effects of sun’s heat.’
One of Baruelo’s coworker took the photo as she was tied by her wrists and legs to a tree in the family’s garden on May 9.
The colleague had hoped that through her Facebook post, Baruelo could be rescued as soon as possible. Luckily, through the influence of social media, she was rescued after the ill-treatment and was repatriated back to the Philippines.
The matter was then reported to the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). The Saudi kingdom has been a key destination for migrant domestic workers, hosting between 100,000 to 130,000 workers.