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    Posted April 23, 2014 by
    Hwaseong City, South Korea

    A Slave in South Korea


    A Filipino Migrant Worker in South Korea who is treated like a slave in South Korea. He cannot do what he needs to do to better his situation, even with the help of the Migrant Centers. The employer only has the power to terminate a contact of an employee otherwise, the migrant worker will be sent back to his country of origin.


    A Filipino migrant worker named Leslie Tirado who has been working in South Korea for almost 1 year experienced what he never expected. The company's bosses (Sajang-nim and Samu-nim) are both critical to his situation.


    It started when he didn't agree with his salary to be deducted by what his bosses call as his mistakes in his work.


    In December he was deducted 400,000 won (around US$375). Last month he was deducted again 500,000 won (around US$475).


    His other co-workers too were deducted. A thailand worker was deducted 1,200,000 won (around US$1,170). But they didn't want to complain.


    Leslie Tirado complained. He went to the Labor Department and went to the Job Center. But nobody believed in him even all the documents shows that his bosses made these deductions.


    Now, his bosses doesn't want to let him work unless he signs a paper. He brought in his company people from the Migrant Orgranizations, Father Sandy Banzuela from Baran Emmaus. Miss Yoomi from the Hwaseong Migrant Service Center and suggested not to sign the paper because it is not in accordance to fair and just agreement.


    Right now Leslie Tirado is hanging. He can't do anything. He will be sent back to his home country if this situation cannot be solved.


    He now wants to move to another company but it is not possible. Only the employer can release him.

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