July 28, 2006

Swept Under the Rug

Abuses against Domestic Workers Around the World

I. Introduction
Best and worst government practices
Key recommendations
To Labor Ministries
To Heads of State and Government, and Parliaments
To the Police, Attorney General's Offices, and the Judiciary
To the Foreign Ministries of Workers' Countries of Origin
To Ministries of Education
II. Criminal abuses against domestic workers
Psychological, physical and sexual violence
Psychological abuse
Physical abuse
Food deprivation
Sexual harassment and assault
International human rights law and government response
Forced labor
International human rights law and government response
Trafficking
International human rights law and government response
Recommendations
To the Police, Attorney General's Offices, and the Judiciary
To Heads of State and Government, and Parliaments
III. Exclusion from labor laws
Wage exploitation
Minimum wage and overtime pay
Wage withholding and unpaid wages
Rest days
Long hours and workloads
Workers' compensation
Health care and maternity leave
Health care
Maternity leave
Termination of contracts
Inadequate living conditions
International labor standards and government response
The right to just and favorable conditions of work
Freedom from discrimination
Recommendations
To Labor Ministries
To Heads of State and Government, and Parliaments
IV. Child domestic workers
Worst forms of child labor
Separation from family
Education denied
Barriers to education
Working in order to attend school
The effect of work on education
International human rights law and government response
Recommendations
To Heads of State and Government, and Parliaments
To Labor Ministries
To Ministries of Education
V. Migrant domestic workers
Recruitment and training
Restrictions on freedom of movement and association
Legal status
Debt
Reproductive, marriage and sexual rights
Language and religion
International human rights law and government response
Recommendations
To Labor Ministries
To Heads of State and Government, and Parliaments
To the Police, Attorney General's Offices, and the Judiciary
Acknowledgments
Appendix A – Human Rights Watch reports on domestic workers