Down-and-out OFWs sell their blood to survive in Middle East

ABS-CBNNews.com, citing the findings of Migrante’s Middle East Chapter, reports that a number of jobless and undocumented overseas Filipino workers resort to selling their blood to hospitals to make ends meet.

ABS-CBNNews.com, citing the findings of Migrante’s Middle East Chapter, reports that a number of jobless and undocumented overseas Filipino workers resort to selling their blood to hospitals to make ends meet.

 

John Leonard Monterona, regional coordinator of Migrante Middle East Chapter, said, "Some jobless and undocumented OFWs were forced to do this to survive and send remittance to their families. We could fully understand the dire situation of our undocumented and jobless OFWs who often donate their blood to various hospitals in Riyadh, though their apparent motive is to get money in exchange of the blood they donated."

 

The report also discussed the case of an OFW named Miko, who sold his blood after he was terminated from his job in Riyadh and had difficulty finding work for three months. Miko revealed that the first time he sold his blood, the hospital paid him 500 Saudi riyals (around P5,700).  He did not say how much blood was taken from him.

 

The report did not say if Migrante’s Middle East Chapter found out the exact number of OFWs who have resorted to selling their blood in the Middle East.

 

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