'Help me get out': Maid's Facebook plea after alleged rape by employer's son
A Filipina maid was rescued from her employer in Bahrain after she posted a desperate cry for help on her Facebook page, the Philippines said on Friday (April 10).
Staff at the Philippine embassy were alerted to Ms Abby Luna's plight after she posted a three-minute video on her social media account on Thursday (April 9) morning.
In it, she claimed she had been raped and beaten by her employer’s son.
Foreign ministry spokesman Charles Jose told AFP: "The rescue was prompted by the video message... She is now under the care of our embassy."
Philippine embassy officials and staff from Ms Luna’s employment agency picked her up from her employer’s house, Mr Jose said.
Ms Luna’s alleged assailant has told police that he did not attack her, the vice-consul at the Philippine embassy in Bahrain, Mr Ricky Aragon, told AFP.
Police are investigating the case.
In the video, which appears to have been made on a webcam, a sobbing Ms 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."
Ms Luna said her employer did not believe her claims and insisted she finish the remaining two months of her contract before she could return home.
Her employer also told her to have an abortion if she became pregnant, she added.