This Is Lebanon has heard multiple testimonies alleging that Maroun Khawand, the owner of Mermaidia Agency, beats up and hurts Filipino workers he hires to come to Lebanon. We have been sent pictures of bruises by the women who have been beaten up by Maroun. His Filipino accomplice, Maricel, is based in Dubai.
According to Eva, Sarah placed more value on stray dogs than on human beings. Eva recounts how Sarah once beat her up when her pet dog urinated inside the house, blaming Eva for not taking it outside early enough. Another time, an Ethiopian colleague spilled rice on the floor and when Eva brought tissues to clean up, Sarah beat her up for not bringing towels. She hit her so badly that Eva attempted to jump out of the window, but Sarah stopped her. Eva asked to be taken back to the agency [to terminate her contract] but Sarah refused. Eva recounts that Sarah was always angry and aggressive.
Glencia worked for Najla Saad for 18 years. She was undocumented for 13 of those years. She returned home to the Philippines in a coffin.
Abay worked for Peter Kojrian and Anny Balsanian in Beirut for three years. She alleges she had to beg and cry to get her salary, and often went 6-7 months without being paid, and even then he allegedly only paid her a month’s salary. She told her employer Anny that she wanted to return home, and Anny said she would go 15 days later. Abay says her employers refused to give her her passport.
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