Abuses against Asian Domestic Workers in Saudi Arabia
This 133-page report concludes two years of research and is based on 142 interviews with domestic workers, senior government officials, and labor recruiters in Saudi Arabia and labor-sending countries. Saudi households employ an estimated 1.5 million domestic workers, primarily from Indonesia, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Nepal. Smaller numbers come from other countries in Africa and Asia. While no reliable statistics exist on the exact number of abuse cases, the Saudi Ministry of Social Affairs and the embassies of labor-sending countries shelter thousands of domestic workers with complaints against their employers or recruiters each year.
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- "As If I Am Not Human"
- I. Summary
- II. Methodology
- III. Asian Women's Labor Migration to Saudi Arabia
- IV. Legal Framework for Migrant Domestic Workers
- V. Forced Labor, Trafficking, Slavery, and Slavery-like Conditions
- VI. Recruitment and Immigration-related Abuses, and Forced Confinement
- VII. Psychological, Physical, and Sexual Abuse
- VIII. Labor Abuses and Exploitation
- IX. Criminal Cases Against Domestic Workers
- X. Saudi Protection Measures and Gaps
- XI. Labor-sending Countries' Protection Measures and Gaps
- XII. Detailed Recommendations