Domestic Workers Treated like Slaves in Muslim Countries

Posted on September 10, 2009


The Case of Indonesia

An Indonesian teenager has launched a landmark legal case over abuse she suffered at the hands of her employers. She was one of an estimated 700 thousand Indonesian children working as domestic servants.
Now a push is underway to change laws, and attitudes, to protect them. Al Jazeera’s Step Vaessen reports from Serang in West Java.

Kuwait and Malaysia

Thousands of Asian women (in this case Indonesia) leave their homes each year to seek better jobs abroad – usually working as domestic help. Many of them are young and inexperienced, and some are subjected to physical and mental abuse. Horrible stories from Kuwait and Malaysia.


Dubai is rapidly becoming one of the most popular destinations in the Middle East, and a booming economic centre in the Gulf. But some of those who’ve come to live in the emirate have become victims of domestic violence, and found few places to turn to for help. Now one woman has founded a shelter for abused women, turning Dubai into a “City of Hope”.

The Case of Domestic Workers in Jordan

Domestic workers (aka house maid) cleaning a second floor apartment window in Jordan, risking their life in the process. This is a very common sight in Jordan. Window cleaning is considered a required chore in many households, and if the worker refused she could be coerced, chastised, or fired. In some cases where the maid falls and dies or is injured, it’s reported as an attempted suicide and the victim’s family is denied any compensations. These were recorded with a mobile phone some time in 2009

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The Middle East in General