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Latest items for LDS-PRACTICE-1

June 21, 2022, 8:35 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee remains concerned about obstacles faced by women belonging to marginalized groups, such as asylum-seeking and refugee women, migrant women, Roma and Traveller women, and victims of trafficking in gaining access to healthcare services, including as a result of their inability to provide identity documentation, proof of address or immigration status" (13).
June 7, 2022, 10:47 a.m.
Countries: China
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1, LDS-PRACTICE-2

"The Government gives full play to the positive role of social forces in raising awareness of the importance of the rule of law, and has invited professionals to join public campaign teams and has organized lectures on related topics. The Chinese Women’s Legal Aid Action, for instance, has specifically provided legal advice to women and female migrant workers from poverty-stricken areas of Central and Western China" (11).
March 25, 2022, 8:57 p.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1, LDS-PRACTICE-2, LDS-DATA-1

“…Local newspapers reported on court cases involving violence committed against maids and other domestic workers. In August local media reported that the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Dubai had sheltered a total of 1,737 women between January and June, 86 percent of whom left their employers due to alleged maltreatment, including long work hours, verbal and physical abuse, and lack of food” (36).
March 9, 2022, 8:57 a.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1

"Women migrants present in Italy represent approximately 49.8 per cent of all immigrants residing in Italy. But there are huge differences in gender distribution according to nationality: As for the Eastern European countries, women are almost three times more than men; as for African countries the rate is reversed; as for the Far East, there is a marked female predominance, while other Asian countries see the male predominance" (33). "Several projects have been launched in recent years, among them...the initiative, promoted by the Christian Associations of Italian Workers (ACLI), entitled 'Let’s get out of the silence' and referring to domestic work, an area where there is significant presence of immigrants...more
Feb. 5, 2022, 9:24 a.m.
Countries: Mozambique
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1, CWC-DATA-4

"...Girls and women from rural areas, as well as migrant workers from bordering countries, were lured to cities with false promises of employment or education and exploited in domestic servitude and sex trafficking" (22).
Jan. 14, 2022, 10:50 a.m.
Countries: Belize
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1

"Forced labor of both Belizean and foreign women occurred in bars, nightclubs, and domestic service. Migrant men, women, and children were at risk for forced labor in agriculture, fishing, and in the service sector, including restaurants and shops, particularly among the South Asian and Chinese communities" (18).
Jan. 10, 2022, 10:08 a.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1

"...Unscrupulous employers subjected women from rural communities and impoverished urban centers to domestic servitude, forced begging, and forced labor in small factories…" (37). "Domestic workers worked under a separate wage and benefit system, which lays out minimum wage requirements and payments into social welfare programs, and mandates one day off a week. While there were no reliable recent data, informed observers believed two million or more persons were employed as domestic workers, with nearly 85 percent being women or girls as young as 15 years old" (41).
Jan. 5, 2022, 2:56 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1

"Saudi Arabia is a country where Somali female migrant labor usually go to. 'Domestic workers report that employers confiscate their passports to keep them from leaving and make them work excessive hours with no rest breaks and no days off'" (1).
Dec. 27, 2021, 10:10 a.m.
Countries: Taiwan
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1, LDS-DATA-1

"The approximately 703,000 foreign workers, primarily from Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, were vulnerable to exploitation" (23).
Dec. 2, 2021, 7:51 p.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1, LDS-DATA-1

“…In Sint Maarten the lack of standard procedures for front- line responders to identify forced labor victims hindered the government’s ability to assist such persons. Following an investigation into the possible exploitation of three Filipina women hired as domestic servants, the public prosecutor’s office determined in September that the case did not amount to forced labor, despite claims from the Filipino community alleging unfair labor practices and exploitation” (20). This occurred in the Netherlands (JLR-CODER COMMENT).
Dec. 2, 2021, 7:34 p.m.
Countries: Netherlands
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1, LDS-PRACTICE-2

"...In Sint Maarten the lack of standard procedures for front- line responders to identify forced labor victims hindered the government’s ability to assist such persons. Following an investigation into the possible exploitation of three Filipina women hired as domestic servants, the public prosecutor’s office determined in September that the case did not amount to forced labor, despite claims from the Filipino community alleging unfair labor practices and exploitation. Isolated incidents of forced or compulsory labor occurred in the kingdom. Victims of coerced labor included both domestic and foreign women and men, as well as boys and girls (see section 7.c.) forced to work in, among other sectors, agriculture, horticulture, catering,...more
Nov. 30, 2021, 2:33 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1

"During the year the government also implemented an agreement with the Philippines to employ caregivers and domestic workers" (52).
Sept. 29, 2021, 9:33 a.m.
Countries: Mali
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1, LDS-DATA-1

"Approximately 25 percent of children between the ages of five and 14 were economically active, and employers subjected more than 40 percent of economically active children to the worst forms of child labor. Many were engaged in hazardous activities in agriculture. Armed groups used child soldiers in the North and the Center (see section 1.g). Child trafficking occurred. Employers used children, especially girls, for forced domestic labor. Employers forced Black Tuareg children to work as domestic and agricultural laborers" (34).
Sept. 22, 2021, 10:41 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is further concerned that rural women have limited access to land, productive resources, agricultural equipment, markets, finance or technology, all of which limits their ability to invest and accumulate assets" (15).
Sept. 13, 2021, 2:24 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1

"Domestic workers in Hong Kong were mostly female and mainly came from the Philippines, Indonesia, and other Southeast Asian countries" (129).
Sept. 10, 2021, 3:10 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1

"Forced labor persisted in the industrial and agricultural sectors, especially in the production of chili peppers and tomatoes, as well as in the informal sector. Women and children were subject to domestic servitude. Women, children, indigenous persons, and migrants (including men, women, and children) were the most vulnerable to forced labor"(30).
Aug. 6, 2021, 1:01 p.m.
Countries: Qatar
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1

"Reports of east African workers being raped and tortured across the region and haunting videos of Kenyan women pleading for help after allegedly being abused by their employers saw the Kenyan government follow other countries such as Indonesia and the Philippines in banning its citizens from travelling to work in the Gulf in 2014. Since then the government has been grappling with how to allow women and the country’s economy to benefit from the huge demand for migrant domestic workers from countries such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar, while keeping those who want to travel for work safe" (7-8). "Paul Adhoch, the executive director of Trace Kenya, a Mombasa-based counter-trafficking...more
Aug. 6, 2021, 1:01 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1

"Reports of east African workers being raped and tortured across the region and haunting videos of Kenyan women pleading for help after allegedly being abused by their employers saw the Kenyan government follow other countries such as Indonesia and the Philippines in banning its citizens from travelling to work in the Gulf in 2014. Since then the government has been grappling with how to allow women and the country’s economy to benefit from the huge demand for migrant domestic workers from countries such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar, while keeping those who want to travel for work safe" (para 7-8). "Paul Adhoch, the executive director of Trace Kenya, a Mombasa-based...more
Aug. 6, 2021, 12:59 p.m.
Countries: Bahrain
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1

"Paul Adhoch, the executive director of Trace Kenya, a Mombasa-based counter-trafficking NGO, works relentlessly to protect Kenyan women who leave home to take up domestic worker posts in countries such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain. He says that he’s seen the ban have a positive impact, but the calls for help are still coming in" (para 16).
Aug. 6, 2021, 12:58 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1

"In a busy recruitment agency in Nairobi’s central business district, dozens of women line the halls. All hope that today they will secure a job as a domestic worker in the Gulf states, cooking, cleaning and caring for another family thousands of miles from their own homes" (para 1). "Since then the government has been grappling with how to allow women and the country’s economy to benefit from the huge demand for migrant domestic workers from countries such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar, while keeping those who want to travel for work safe" (para 8). "Paul Adhoch, the executive director of Trace Kenya, a Mombasa-based counter-trafficking NGO, works relentlessly to...more
July 20, 2021, 8 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1

"According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), in 2017 low-paid migrant workers - who Mr Kenney says are at an 'extreme class disadvantage' - made up about 80% of the UAE's total population. Female migrants in particular, who are predominantly domestic workers from South and Southeast Asia, are policed harshly" (Para 23-24).
July 20, 2021, 7:53 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1

"According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), in 2017 low-paid migrant workers - who Mr Kenney says are at an 'extreme class disadvantage' - made up about 80% of the UAE's total population. Female migrants in particular, who are predominantly domestic workers from South and Southeast Asia, are policed harshly" (Para 23-24).
July 13, 2021, 9:42 a.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1, LDS-PRACTICE-1

"The girls are vulnerable to trafficking for forced labor and the sex trade." In the video, at 0:22, these words are written on the screen (SFR - CODER COMMENT).
June 29, 2021, 3:44 p.m.
Countries: Madagascar
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1

"Like many women from Madagascar, 22-year-old Mélanie emigrated to Saudi Arabia to work as a maid" (para 1). "In 2013, Madagascar enacted a decree banning the migration of Malagasy domestic workers to Gulf countries, including Kuwait, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, which were listed among the 10 worst countries in the world for workers in the 2019 global rights index compiled by the International Trade Union Confederation. Even so, at least 10 million of Madagascar’s citizens work as migrant workers, or around one third of the population. An estimated 1.3 million of those migrant workers are women and 80 percent of those women work as domestic workers" (para 17). "The Malagasy...more
June 29, 2021, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1

"Like many women from Madagascar, 22-year-old Mélanie emigrated to Saudi Arabia to work as a maid" (para 1). "The Malagasy Ministry of Foreign Affairs says there are more than 500 Madagascar nationals in Saudi Arabia, most of them employed as domestic workers. The number of migrant workers in Saudi Arabia rose from 830,000 to 2.42 million in a 10-year period" (para 30).
June 29, 2021, 3:30 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1, CWC-DATA-4

"Lebanon has nearly 250,000 migrant domestic workers, the vast majority of them women. They are given the right to work in the country via the kafala system, a common form of sponsorship used across the Middle East that ties the legal residency of migrant workers to their employers. The workers come from African and Asian countries, primarily Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Kenya, the Philippines and Sri Lanka" (para 5-6).
June 29, 2021, 11:30 a.m.
Countries: Kyrgyzstan
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1

"And since Kyrgyzstan has Central Asia’s highest rates of women’s labor emigration – women make up [40% of all Kyrgyz migrants in Russia], a much higher share than those from neighboring Tajikistan and Uzbekistan – migration would be a socially acceptable way to move somewhere where kidnapping is rare" (para 23).
May 22, 2021, 8:09 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1

"Much of the trafficking to Oman comes via neighbouring United Arab Emirates, according to Human Rights Watch" (para 11).
May 22, 2021, 8:07 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1

"Isha knew she was in trouble when her passport was snatched from her hands. The 27-year-old from Sierra Leone had just arrived in the Omani capital, Muscat, believing she was to start a well-paid job at a restaurant" (para 1). "Now rights groups are warning that the Covid pandemic has made conditions even more difficult for migrant domestic workers in Oman who come from poorer countries such as Sierra Leone" (para 5). "One group working to support domestic workers has warned that 200 Sierra Leonean women are stranded and homeless in Oman. Many were trafficked there, tricked like Isha into thinking that a better life was waiting for them" (para...more
May 22, 2021, 7:58 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1

"Isha knew she was in trouble when her passport was snatched from her hands. The 27-year old from Sierra Leone had just arrived in the Omani capital, Muscat, believing she was to start a well-paid job at a restaurant. Instead, her recruitment agent bundled her into a car and drove her to a house where she was told she would be working as a live-in maid" (para 1). This suggests that women may be trafficked from Sierra Leone to Oman to become domestic servants (RAO-CODER COMMENT). "Now rights groups are warning that the Covid pandemic has made conditions even more difficult for migrant domestic workers in Oman who come from...more