The Horror Of Foreign Worker Abuse In The Gulf

Dave Knight By Dave Knight, 4th May 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Every year thousands of poor women from all over the Globe leave the country of their birth to seek work in a foreign land. Agencies in their home country often promise well-paid jobs as domestic workers and waitresses.

The carrot and trap

The workers are told they will be given food and accommodation. The reality, however, is all too often very different. Many pay thousands of dollars to the agencies for travel and introduction. The fee is loaned to them as, being poor, they do have such sums available.

They take this huge gamble in order to improve their own financial situation and that of their family. These loans snare the workers into wage slavery as the pay they actually get is usually much lower than promised.

The Gulf is one area of the world where every year thousands of women arrive to take jobs as domestic workers. But with no support, no laws to protect them and hidden inside their employers home many find themselves trapped in a cycle of horrific abuse.

Case study

Al Jazeera’s Charles Stratford spoke to one housemaid, Mary, who suffered two years of abuse in the United Arab Emirates. The video of this interview is here.

This article is part of a series I will be writing about the horror of  human trafficking and foreign worker abuse.

Workers' rights, human rights and people trafficking are subjects I also report on, and write about on my blog, The Duck Shoot.


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author avatar Dave Knight
Being born at the end of WWII I learned of the atrocities committed by both the ‘Allies’ and the ‘Enemy’. There is no justice in war; it is the innocents who suffer the most on all sides. Sixty years on and there are still wars, killings, atrocities,...(more)

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author avatar C. Michael Davis
10th Jul 2010 (#)

I am looking forward to following this work on human trafficing. I hope you will also include in this series work on pimps in large cities and how they traffic young girls and boys for sex. Many police within the big cities of the United States accept bribes to turn their heads while many runaways or sold right under their noses. Like your work.

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author avatar Amanda Mittra
18th Jul 2010 (#)

I personally know quite a few people who have been the victims of domestic abuse. Its taken for granted that these unfortunate people have to go through these tortures if they want to earn a meal. It is so pathetic to see how human beings behave like wild animals without compassion.
Thanks for voicing your thoughts. Great write.

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