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Govt, Ople Center, Gfems Assist thousands of OFWs

There was a massive prevalence of exploitation of overseas Filipino workers that were not addressed, particularly of domestic or household service workers to the Middle Eastern region.

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Overseas Worker Welfare Administration, a total of 4,879 cases of severely exploited household service workers were recorded from 2017 to 2018, mainly consisting cases of abuse, violence, debt bondage, and forced labor.

The Blas F. Ople Policy Center and Training Institute, or the Ople Center, has sought to reduce these cases of exploitation by partnering with an international non-government organization called the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery or GFEMS in a campaign called “Anti-Slavery Project for Overseas Filipino Domestic Workers”, formally launched on September 17, 2018.

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