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And fellow domestic workers had to devise an escape plan out of the locked agency where they were held. She said, “Five of us all jumped [ran away]. It was on the ground floor, we escaped by putting a table in the bathroom, put a chair on a barrel and jumped. m. We jumped. I fell down and hurt my hip and elbow so they brought me to the hospital…. I had to get a cast on my foot. ”101 We documented three cases where Saudi recruitment agents sexually harassed and abused domestic workers. For example, Rosa L.
No. N. Doc. A. Res. N. GAOR, 55th Sess. Supp. No. N. Doc. A/45/49 (Vol. I) (2001), entered into force December 25, 2003, acceded to by Saudi Arabia on July 20, 2007. 29 Human Rights Watch July 2008 ensuring its policies prevent conditions leading to trafficking and protect domestic workers from discrimination and degrading treatment. According to Saudi officials, these international treaties are automatically incorporated into domestic law. 56 Migration transcends national borders, and both sending and receiving countries have increasingly relied on bilateral labor agreements or informal mechanisms to establish transnational recruitment policies.
Indonesian domestic worker, Riyadh, December 5, 2006 My employer didn’t allow me to go back to Indonesia for six years and eight months…. I never got any salary, not even one riyal!... My employer never got angry with me, she never hit me. But she forbade me from returning to Indonesia. , Indonesian domestic worker, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, December 11, 2006 Employers may use several methods that effectively trap domestic workers in the workplace, including locking domestic workers inside the house, withholding wages, taking the worker’s passport, threatening the worker with violence, and overworking her.
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