Monday, 6 February 2012

Using social media for domestic worker protection

Overseas workers urged: Fight trafficking thru social media

Monday, January 30, 2012 Sun Star

A FORMER domestic helper and migrant worker advocate in Davao City urged overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who are working in safe environments to unite in a fight against human trafficking through social media.

Myrna Padilla said OFWs, who are in the position to help, should connect with each other via social media to provide a network capable of assisting the most vulnerable among the OFW communities.

Padilla developed the recently launched social media website called after seeing the need to help the government protect migrant workers, especially those who are abused by their employers, victims of human trafficking and other distressed OFWs.

“Although many of our OFWs are working in safe environments, the horror stories of abuse are an almost daily occurrence with the impact hitting the most vulnerable sector of the OFW population made up of unskilled women workers,” she said.

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