Arab Uprising Bypasses Domestic Slaves

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Date of publication: March 1, 2011

Source: Inter Press Service

Author: Simba Russeau

BEIRUT, Mar 1 (IPS) - 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. 

Speaking to IPS, 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.... 

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