Humiliation and Abuse in Lebanon’s Kafala System

Lebanon's kafala system provides citizens with migrant household labor, though its critics say it's more like slavery. Workers have virtually no rights and must often endure hunger, beatings and humiliation. The economic crisis could change this.

A garbage bag and some clothes. That's all she was able to pack when she fled. "I didn't have access to my suitcases, and I had to be quick. My madame was only out for a moment," says the 27-year-old from Ghana, for whom we've chosen the alias Vanessa to protect her identity. She is relating the story of the evening in late 2019 when she escaped her tormentors in Lebanon. Her getaway taxi was waiting outside.

English | July 6, 2020



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