(MENAFN- The Peninsula) The Philippines said yesterday it had rescued a Filipina maid from her employer in Bahrain after she posted a desperate cry for help on her Facebook page.
Staff at the Philippine embassy were alerted to the plight of Abby Luna, who claims she was raped and beaten by her employer's son, after she posted the video on her Facebook page on Thursday.
The video attracted about 78,000 shares and 19,000 likes.
"The rescue was prompted by the video message... She is now under the care of our embassy," foreign ministry spokesman Charles Jose said.
Philippine embassy officials and staff from Luna's employment agency picked her up from her employer's house, Jose said, adding that police were investigating the incident.
Luna's alleged assailant denied to police that he attacked her, Ricky Aragon, vice-consul at the Philippine embassy in Bahrain, said by phone.
In the video, a sobbing Luna accused her employer's "drug addict" son of raping her. She also posted a written appeal for viewers to contact the Philippine embassy on her behalf.
"Help me get out of here. I'm scared. Until now, my genitals hurt. My leg is bruised. He (attacker) punched my leg to immobilise me," said the 28-year-old, who had been working in Bahrain for a year.
"After my employer's son abused me, he threatened to kill me and bury me in the desert if I tell anyone about what happened."
Luna said her employer did not believe her claims of being raped and insisted she finish the remaining two months of her contract before she could go home. Her employer also told her to have an abortion if she fell pregnant, she added.
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