A Filipino maid was allegedly tied to a tree as punishment for leaving furniture outside in the sun.
The woman, named Lovely Acosta Baruelo, 26, had been working for a wealthy family in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, for several months.
But she is said to have angered her employers after leaving a piece of expensive furniture outside in the heat, where it risked being faded by the sun.
A colleague, also from the Philippines, took pictures of the alleged punishment showing Lovely tied by her wrists and legs to a tree in the family's garden on May 9.
The Middle Eastern family are understood to have carried out the act to show her the effects of staying outside in under the sun.
The Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said it was made aware of the situation and successfully helped the mother-of-two to return home.
A spokesman said: 'The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reports that Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) Lovely Acosta Baruelo from Saudi Arabia arrived in Manila at 8:55 p.m. on 9 May 2019.
'The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh reported that the case of OFW Baruelo was referred to them on 9 May, and she was repatriated on the same day. OFW Baruelo was allegedly punished by her employer by being tied to a tree.'
A woman who claimed to be Acosta's co-worker appealed for help and said that their employer would hurt them whenever they commit small mistakes.'
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