Monday, May 05, 2008

Jailed in Saudi for 'crimes of immorality'

By Veronica Uy
First Posted 14:21:00 05/05/2008

MANILA, Philippines -- The Filipina nurse caught kissing in public in Saudi Arabia last week is not alone.

An estimated two of 10 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Saudi Arabia who seek Philippine government assistance are jailed for similar "crimes of immorality," learned Monday.

Labor Secretary Marianito Roque, for his part, said "there are a lot of crimes of immorality" involving Filipinos, most of them simply for "holding hands and eating out together."

Saudi laws prohibit a woman from going out in public with men other than her relatives.

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