A Filipino domestic worker, by the name of Rodgie, was kidnapped on Sunday in Adma, allegedly by someone she was working for.
A video circulating online showed the domestic worker being kidnapped in daylight in the middle of the road, snatched by force by an elder man and a younger one, and forced into a car that sped away.
The kidnapping, as reported, occurred after the domestic worker had filed a complaint last week with the security forces against her former employer due to violence and threats.
The Lebanese activist Roy Boukhary reported the incident, saying that the Embassy of The Philippines in Lebanon contacted him to inform him that Rodgie is being interrogated, and a lawyer was appointed to defend and support her.
The Filipino domestic worker reported later that she was in a good condition and in a safe place after her statements were taken at the Ghazir police station. The kidnapper was then arrested and detained for investigation.
This is not the first time that foreign domestic workers face racism and acts of violence. It is estimated that every week two migrant domestic workers die in Lebanon, according to the General Security’s intelligence agency.
These domestic workers die by either dangerous escape attempts or suicide, because of the constant abuse that many workers endure daily as a result of the country’s sponsorship system known as kafala.