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Journalistic prize awarded for article on domestic workers

Nina Corpuz, the author of the article “Filipino Domestic Workers: the struggle for justice and survival”, won the 2010 journalistic prize for the best story on labour rights, awarded by the International Training Centre of the ILO (ITC-ILO). She received her award in Turin, Italy in June 2010.

"Maria (not her real name) was limping when she arrived at the airport of Manila from Saudi Arabia. She is one of the 80 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who was repatriated in August 2009 by the Philippine government from the Middle East. All of them were women who worked as domestic helpers and fell victim to various kinds of abuses from their employer or the agency that recruited them."

"Maria's leg was fractured after her employer's son pushed her from the stairs for not following his order. She also said she was made to sleep under the stairs and fed only once a day. But the worst part was when her male employer raped her. "He was touching me, kissing me and forced me to have sex with him. I couldn't fight back" she said."

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