Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Two women recount ordeal as sex slaves in Saudi Arabia

by Jeannette Andrade from The Philippines Inquirer

Nearly three years after they were allegedly turned into sex slaves by a Saudi Arabian prince, Lina, 19 and Anna, 20, (not their real names) talked about their ordeal at a press conference yesterday organized by the Kanlungan Center Foundation Inc. and the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) Asia-Pacific in Quezon City. The two said they were promised jobs as chamber maids in a hotel in Saudi Arabia in January 2005. The two claimed they were taken to a hotel owned by the prince where he allegedly raped them repeatedly ... Jean Gutierrez of CATW Asia-Pacific said "Hundreds of women, like Anna and Lina, with the simple desire to alleviate their plights are being exploited by recruiters," stressing that they been receiving threats because they are seeking justice. The victims have been charged with estafa, libel and perjury by the recruitment agency.

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