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    Posted October 21, 2015 by
    Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    #FlyToFreedom: Help us end modern-day slavery

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    A Stand for Others to #FlyForFreedom

    While waiting for my turn at the Philippine consulate earlier today, I overheard a young woman who works as a domestic helper. She was accompanied by her employer for queries about her Overseas Employment Certificate. As their discussion went on, she began to talk about the frequent delay of the release of her salary in our first language( Tagalog). She added that he promised to pay her entire salary by the time she comes back from her annual leave. All of us on queue told her that it is against labor law. The consulate officer asked her if she wants to raise her complaints and go to the next office. She continued asking her questions but she wouldn’t tell her entire story. She seemed hesitant to answer her in detail.

    As we spoke in Tagalog, her employer asked her, “What’s the problem?” The room turned silent and we pretended not to have heard him.

    I am afraid that if he finds out that she told us about her situation, he will be furious and he might cancel her flight. The person next to me agreed. We don't know the whole story but we were hoping she took our advice seriously after she went off with her employer.

    In plain sight, slavery is everywhere regardless of location and nationality.

    My pledge is: “The next gift I buy will be slavery free”
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