How Nepal’s migration ban traps female ‘modern day slaves’ in the Gulf

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Rules intended to protect domestic workers have only made them more vulnerable to exploitation and abuse, say activists

Amita* knew she had to escape. After five months of being assaulted, starved and being forced to work for 20 hours a day as a domestic maid in a suburban house in Kuwait, the 45-year old from Nepal seized her chance. While the household slept, she climbed out of a downstairs bathroom window and fled.

Amita managed to find the Nepali embassy, hoping that staff there would assure her safety and help send her home to Kathmandu.

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Written by Katie McQue
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How Nepal’s migration ban traps female ‘modern day slaves’ in the Gulf

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