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|Filipino maid hurt in bid to get away
KUWAIT CITY : A Filipino housemaid has been referred to a hospital with serious injuries, reports Al-Watan Arabic daily.
According to reports she was injured after she fell down while attempting to escape from her sponsor in Riqei.
She allegedly made a rope by tying bed covers together and was attempting to climb down from the fifth floor apartment. The ‘rope’ snapped when she reached midway and she fell to the ground.
Thanks to the Opinionator
While browsing the web, yesterday, I viewedÂ theÂ Arab Times onlineÂ site and came across several news articles about the rape and abuse of maids in Kuwait. I was surprised at the cluster of cases so I searched the web for more information and was nearly knocked off my chair when I realized the enormous extent of the huge numbers ofÂ foreign maids suffering abuse at the hands of their Middle East “sponsors”.Â To use the term “maid” is a misnomer – these women (and boys) are nothing more than modern dayÂ SLAVES.Â Slaves to be abused, raped, tortured, maimed, and killed.Â
Many of these maids come into the Middle East (particularlyÂ Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, JordanÂ and Lebanon)Â from Indonesia, the Phillipines, SriÂ LankaÂ and Ethiopia – smaller numbersÂ come from India and Bangladesh. SaudiÂ Arabia has the largest number of these imported domesticsÂ estimatedÂ at 200,000 in 2004.Â These maidsÂ are seen as inferiors to their Middle Eastern masters and many countries do not even recognize them as being covered byÂ labor laws – including minimum wage:
“The plight of domestic workers in Lebanon rose to the spotlight during the summer of 2006, when Israel launched a thirty-four-day military offensive on Lebanon. In Arabic, the term “Abed” is used to denote a “black” person or “slave” and the word is sometimes heard in reference to Africans or Sri Lankans. Non-Arab Afro-Asian migrants in Lebanon are physically looked upon as inferior due to their positions as servants. These workers remain excluded under Article 6 of Lebanese labour laws and are often victims of abuse by both employers and agencies.”Â LINK
The vastÂ majorityÂ of these women are seeking an opportunity to earn money and send remittances back to their families –Â
“…….Phillipines, where the economy relies heavily on remittances from nearly eight million Filipinos working overseas. Of that eight million, about 73,000 work in Kuwait.Some 60,000 are womenÂ employed mainly as maids and earning less than $200 a month on average, labor groups say.
Some of these woman do quickly realize the danger andÂ manage toÂ escape in a few days. But,Â many of the remainingÂ “servants” are left in a living nightmare.
Here areÂ someÂ of the sickening stories of abuse, etc that I came across with a quick net search:
Read it all…