Filipino Friend Needs Help In Labuan, Malaysia
by Paul Wilson
I met a Filipino girl through an internet chat site and have grown quite fond of each other. She is currently working in Labuan, Malaysia in a karaoke bar. She said she was promised a job waitressing but as you are probably aware this turned out to be false.
Her boss is pressurising her into prostitution. She has been refusing to go with customers at this bar and the other day he hit her. She has told him she wants to go home to the Philippines but he will not let her go and will not let her have her passport back.
Is there anything she can do or contact regarding leaving Labuan? She is basically being held there against her will which in my eyes is a criminal offence. Any help or knowledge you have would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for taking the time to read this email and hopefully you will be able to give me some information on what to do.
P.S. I am a British citizen serving in the British military. I was wondering if you can help or advise me on this situation. Dom's reply:
It is unfortunate that your Filipina friend is in such a difficult situation.
Labuan is an island far away from the capital Kuala Lumpur. But the Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur may help. They have rescued Filipino women in similar situation in the past. The contact information is below:
1 Jalan Changkat Kia Peng 50450 Kuala Lumpur
Wilayah Persekutuan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel.: +60 3 2148-4233, 2148-9989
You can also approach Blas F. Ople Center. It is a non-stock, non-profit organization that rescues, repatriates and helps distressed Overseas Filipino Workers or OFWs. It's address and contact info:
Unit A 2295 Wycliff Townhomes, Roberts St.
Pasay City, Philippines
Tel. Hotline: +63 2 833-5337
Hope this helps and please update us on the situation of your Filipina friend.