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"I Already Bought You": Abuse and Exploitation of Female Migrant Domestic Workers in the United Arab Emirates

"I Already Bought You": Abuse and Exploitation of Female Migrant Domestic Workers in the United Arab Emirates

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by IDWFED published Oct 23, 2014 12:00 AM
"I already bought you" - A new Human Rights Watch report says that the UAE's lack of laws protecting migrant workers and its' system of visa sponsorship, called kafala leave domestic workers vulnerable to abuse. The report calls on the UAE to ratify C189 and is available in English and Bahasa.

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Research reports, working paper

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This 79-page report documents how the UAE’s visa sponsorship system, known as kafala, and the lack of labor law protections leave migrant domestic workers exposed to abuse. Domestic workers, most from Asia and Africa, cannot move to a new job before their contracts end without the employer’s consent, trapping many in abusive conditions. Labor-sending countries don’t fully protect the workers against deceptive recruitment practices or provide adequate assistance to abused nationals abroad.

ISBN: 978-1-62313-1586

“I Already Bought You”
Summary
Key Recommendations
Methodology
I. Labor Migration to the Gulf and the UAE
II. Immigration and Recruitment Policies and Practices
III. Labor Law Exclusion
IV. Abuses against Domestic Workers
V. Lack of Shelter and Support for Abused Domestic Workers
VI. Charges and Penalties against Domestic Workers
VII. Barriers to Redress
Recommendations
Acknowledgements

Domestic Workers Trapped, Exploited and Abused in the UAE



Émirats : Travailleuses domestiques exploitées

الإمارات العربية المتحدة- العمالة المنزلية الوافدة تعاني الحصار والاستغلال والإساءات

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http://www.hrw.org/node/129798
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