Revolts bypass domestic workers

As protests spread across the Middle East, critics say conditions are not improving for migrant workers.

The uprisings sweeping the Arab world have been provoked by long injustice, low income, police brutality, and lack of social security.

While the world looks at this, the suffering of up to three million maids across the Arab world remains wrapped in silence.Victims of abuse, confinement and rape, migrant domestic workers are often invisible because they suffer in places that remain hidden to the public eye, mostly private homes.

A freelance Indonesian domestic worker in Jordan says, “If you go to the Indonesian embassy in Jordan you will see hundreds of women who ran away from their employer.

“I also ran away after mistreatment. I want to go back to Indonesia but the embassy has no money to send us.”

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