After 6 decades, a Filipina human trafficking victim finally got to meet her family in the Philippines after spending long years of her life in the United States.
OFW Nanay Fedelina served as a domestic helper for a family in the Southern California family for 65 years. She gained her freedom less than two years ago and finally reunited with her younger sister.
Her sister together with her daughter and granddaughter find ways to secure a visa in the US and surprised NanayFedelina who had been staying at the Pilipino Workers Center in Los Angeles, California.
It can be recalled that the story of Nanay Fedelina first surfaced online. Through a mutual friend, she was able to reconnect with her family last year.
They gas communicated through video chat but Nanay Fedelina wanted to meet them in person. She last saw them in the 1980s before she was brought to Los Angeles from Manila by traffickers.
Finally! after 60plus years, 87-year-old Nanay Fedelina who was kept as a modern day slave for 6 decades has finally reunited with her sister and her family who flew in from the Philippines this morning. pic.twitter.com/axEakwBCqE
— Steve Angeles (@StevieAngeles) March 9, 2020
“Ngayon nandito na ang aking kapatid at tsaka pamangkin at apo ko nagkita kita na kami. ‘Wag mo patatawa wala kong ngipin,” says NanayFedelina.
As early as 16, Fedelina who is a native of Leyte first worked as a domestic helper in Manila. She was not treated kindly by her employers. Soon, her employers in Manila brought her to southern California.
Her freedom was immediately cut off right after she arrived. Even her passport and identification cards were taken by her employers, isolating her from her family in the Philippines.
Nanay Fedelina is now 87 and free.