PH embassy assists 2 Pinoy trafficking victims

Ace Tamayo
Two Filipinas have been rescued from a Saudi diplomat's house

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Embassy in Washington disclosed on Tuesday, May 7, that they already met two Filipinos rescued from a Saudi diplomat’s house in Virginia in a suspected human trafficking case.

Embassy officials said that the two female household workers already met Consul General Ariel Peñaranda and Labor Attaché Luzviminda Padilla at a government office in Virginia who brought with them clothes, phone cards and other essentials.

The two Filipinos were reported to be working in a home in McLen, Virginia, owned by the Saudi government and were reportedly working for a Saudi attaché under “circumstances that amounted to human trafficking,” a US official had said. 

Ambassador Jose L. Cuisa Jr assured the two household workers that the embassy is ready to extend necessary assistance to them.

Further details regarding the case were not disclosed by the embassy in order “not to preempt the ongoing investigation and other courses of action that US authorities may take.”

The two workers said they have been cooperating with the US authorities who took them under their care on April 30 in response to their urgent request for assistance.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said that it would be closely watching the progress of the US probe.

“An ongoing investigation on the case is being conducted by US authorities. We will be monitoring developments on this case,” said DFA spokesperson Raul Hernandez. –

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