Glencia worked for Najla Saad for 18 years. She was undocumented for 13 of those years. She returned home to the Philippines in a coffin.
Abay worked for Peter Kojrian and Anny Balsanian in Beirut for three years. She alleges she had to beg and cry to get her salary, and often went 6-7 months without being paid, and even then he allegedly only paid her a month’s salary. She told her employer Anny that she wanted to return home, and Anny said she would go 15 days later. Abay says her employers refused to give her her passport.
“I was working in the kitchen and he grabbed me. I tried to fend him off but I couldn’t…He choked me and squeezed by breast. It was very painful”
The following is a testimony from Ednalyn Almazan, a Filipino woman who came to Lebanon in August 2014 to work for Dr. Lina Dakar Mattar, a dermatologist, and her husband Dr. Jean Maurice Mattar, an orthopedic surgeon. After two years of working for the Mattars, she asked to return home to the Philippines but her employers wouldn’t let her. She says she was not allowed any days off, and she says that she suffered physical abuse from her employer after she purchased her own ticket home. She left Lebanon in October 2017, having worked for them for over three years. To this day, she is owed $1,850.
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