Unmask, jail gov’t personnel preying on distressed OFW women
By Office of Senator Pia S.
June 19, 2013
PASAY CITY – Senator Pia S.
Cayetano today said the government should leave no stone unturned in
its investigation of the reported sexual abuse of distressed women
overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Philippine overseas offices.
At the same time, the
senator called on concerned agencies to hold the alleged perpetrators
accountable for the so-called ‘sex-for-repatriation’ scheme.
“If in fact the allegation
of ‘sex for repatriation’ is true, then this is one of the worst cases
of exploitation that have befallen our OFW women,” said Cayetano,
Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Youth, Women and Family
“When those who are tasked
to protect our women are the very ones who perpetuate such a ghastly
and disturbing act, then these predators should be charged, jailed and
banned from holding public office.”
She added: “It is incumbent
upon concerned government agencies, primarily DFA and DOLE to take
immediate and decisive action while observing due process of law.”
“They should unmask the
identities of these alleged perpetrators within their ranks, as well
as their accomplices. They should also urge all victims to come
forward and provide them assistance so that they would be able to file
charges in court.”
She said the abuses would be
mitigated if government could find ways to hasten the repatriation of
OFWs staying in government shelters abroad. “The government must step
up its efforts to hasten the repatriation of distressed OFWs in order
to shield them from hardship and further abuse.”