Qatar: Domestic workers share harrowing accounts of abuse and exploitation

This is what life is like for domestic workers in Qatar. Don’t let abusive employers get away with exploitation. pic.twitter.com/pNxKJpsHjc

— Amnesty International (@amnesty) October 20, 2020

The overall picture is of a system which continues to allow employers to treat domestic workers not as human beings but as possessions

Steve Cockburn, Head of Economic and Social Justice

Reforms

Gruelling working hours

I went to sleep at 1am, and at 3am my employer’s daughter woke me up asking me to buy her a Red Bull. At 5.30am I started my usual working day….at 10pm I crashed the car into the wall.”

Reina*

Verbal, physical and sexual abuse

My employer started spitting on us and slapped me again… before this incident she also kicked me on my back

Joy*

Impunity

The women we spoke to were resilient and independent — they had left their homes and travelled halfway across the world. Instead of being isolated and silenced, these women should be given a voice so they can advocate for their rights

Steve Cockburn

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