I want to challenge the wrong and inhumane system. I want to be an instrument to restore all the rights of domestic workers, give them justice and freedom not as victims but as workers with dignity.
I am a full-time domestic worker and a mother of three, from Manila, Philippines. I was born in 1975 and am the eldest child in the family. I studied for a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy at Adamson University, Manila for two years, but because of poverty I transferred to the International Electronics and Technology Institute in Alabang Muntinlupa City and finished my two years course in Computer Secretarial and Business Management. I worked in a Travel Agency as a Reservation and Ticketing Officer while I studied and finished a degree in Midwifery at Olivarez College Paranaque City. And I then worked in Dr Fabella Memorial Hospital in Manila.
I was married in 1998 and blessed with three children, Denisse, who is 23 years old, Daniel, who is 21 years old and Faith, who is 15 years old. My life as a full-time mother and housewife was very tough, dreaming for a bright future for my children I decided to work overseas as a domestic worker. I worked in Dubai, UAE in 2013. The year 2014 when I was brought by my Arab employers to London, United Kingdom. I freed myself from the abuses of my employers here.
I was identified as a victim of modern slavery and granted a two year domestic worker visa. I am now working as a nanny/ housekeeper in Hackney and am also a legal trustee domestic worker of The Voice of Domestic Workers and a frontline campaigner to restore the pre-2012 domestic worker visa.
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