Broadcaster TJ Manotoc reports on abused Filipino women in Jordan

by Jocelyn Dimaculangan
May 22, 2008
TJ Manotoc (in photo) tackles the plight of five Filipino women who fell victim to the global slave trade. Runaways: Human Trafficking in Jordan will air on ABS-CBN this Sunday, May 25, at 10 pm.

Learn about heartbreaking tales of abuse and survival in Jordan by watching ABS-CBN and ANC's documentary titled Runaways.

Meet the abused women of Jordan: Winnie, beaten and raped, suffers intermittent nosebleeding due to trauma. Sarah, her family's breadwinner at age 15, is lured into child labor. Fem, a college graduate turned maid, only has scars to show from her employers' violence. Glen, a documented worker, finds out that entering Jordan legally offers little protection against maltreatment. Sandara and Marina, two Muslims from Mindanao, are forced into prostitution to survive.

They are the women and children you will see in the documentary Runaways: Human Trafficking in Jordan. Broadcast journalist TJ Manotoc tells five stories of abuse and survival in Jordan to explore the global phenomenon of human trafficking.

Runaways also tells us about the cogs in the wheels of human trafficking—the illegal recruitment that starts in small towns, the corruption that allows these girls to pass through immigration, and the Jordanian agencies that continue the exploitation started by the Filipino recruiters.

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This documentary shows how doubly vulnerable a Filipina entering a Jordanian household is—she is not covered by Jordanian labor laws and is seen by her Arab employers as a dishonoured female. That is because a maid is an "unprotected female in the presence of unrelated males," a cultural taboo for Arab women.

Host TJ Manotoc also tackles immediate threats to the OFWs in this ancient land: the phasing out of the runaway center and the lobby to lift the ban on deployment of OFWs to Jordan. The first removes the last remaining sanctuary of Filipinas seeking refuge; the second, it is feared, will only expose more OFWs to abuse.

Watch the compelling documentary Runaways: Human Trafficking in Jordan, anchored by TJ Manotoc in Filipino on ABS-CBN this Sunday (May 25) at 10 pm. The English version will be shown on ANC, May 31, at 4 pm and June 1 at 9 pm.

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TJ Manotoc (in photo) tackles the plight of five Filipino women who fell victim to the global slave trade. Runaways: Human Trafficking in Jordan will air on ABS-CBN this Sunday, May 25, at 10 pm.
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