Friday, June 21, 2013

Succor in Law, Solace in Justice for Distressed OFW Victims of Sex Exploitation


The recent furor over the sex-for-flight and prostitution ring scandals exposed by Akbayan Partylist Representative Walden Bello in public accusing Welfare Officers of Philippine Consulate Offices abroad of soliciting sexual favors from distressed Filipino workers has gradually, nay reluctantly, goaded the victims to come out into the open.

These pitiful and tormented compatriots have all the reasons to be wary and apprehensive. For sure, before they were sexually abused they would have been threatened of all sorts of retribution if they squealed or filed a complaint. After all, what’s not to be afraid of? These sex predators are sick in the head.

A published call from DFA Secretary Albert Del Rosario on the victims “out there” to come forward and formally file charges to bring the culprits to justice, and correct this horrible episode in our Foreign Service chapter, has drawn one victim to implicate one Saudi-hosted Philippine Consulate official of waylaying her to his home instead of depositing her in the official welfare shelter of foreign service office. Dastardly!

Many are expected to follow suit, and finally decide to break their silence and demand justice. We encourage them.

By doing so, they not only seek closure to this dark and harrowing experience they endured and move on after, they also help lay a safer foundation for the hundreds of thousands that are still out there and the thousands more that are yet to join the ranks of OFW.

For certain the victims deciding to come out will need legal representation, and DFA or POEA may not accommodate all. It is in this spirit, and in an expression of my solidarity with their plight, that I offer my hours to them and I implore my companeros to do the same.

Let us give them our compassionate and free legal service if only to convey that they have us and many others on their side. They have nothing to be ashamed of, and the Filipino nation and its people are proud of their sacrifices, and it cannot and will not turn its back on them in their time of need.

TO OUR COMPATRIOTS WHO HAVE BEEN VICTIMIZED IN THIS DESPICABLY FILTHY SCHEMES, CALL OR TEXT THE NUMBER, OR EMAIL TO THE ADDRESS SHOWN ON THE SIDE BAR FOR LEGAL HELP.

TO MY COMPANEROS WHO WANT TO EXTEND THEIR FREE SERVICE AND WANT TO ENLIST THROUGH THIS SITE CALL THE SAME NUMBER AND I WILL PUT YOU IN THE POOL. I THANK YOU IN ADVANCE.

Published also on  OutReggies Views

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