Facilitating Exploitation

A review of Labour Laws for Migrant Domestic Workers in Gulf Cooperation Council Countries

Human Rights Watch’s 2016 report on migrant domestic
workers in Oman told the story of a young Bangladeshi
woman who was returned by the police to her employer after they cleared her of a false theft allegation.5 Her employer abused her for two days upon return. She explained, “He cut my hair and burned my feet with hot
water.” In Qatar, ITUC staff interviewed an Indonesian woman in 2014 a detention centre who had fled her employer’s abuse. Her back was permanently scarred from sustained and severe beatings. The Indonesian Embassy in Doha posted a note on the door explaining that 5-10 domestic workers sought refuge there every day.

English | July 16, 2017



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