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Life of a modern-day maid

February 12, 2015

There are up to 100 million domestic workers worldwide

Many are women who’ve left families to earn extra money in other countries. Commonly referred to as “helpers,” they help prop up economies abroad and at home

Hong Kong (CNN)After too many episodes of British period drama Downton Abbey, viewers could be forgiven for thinking that modern-day maids scurry about with their eyes downcast, wearing twee aprons and polished shoes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Qatar, Philippines discuss domestic workers’ protection

February 9, 2015

Improved protection of Filipino domestic workers was among the issues discussed by Qatar and Philippine officials during a meeting, said a Philippine official. Read the rest of this entry »

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‘Black market’ for Pinay maids emerging in UAE – report

January 23, 2015

A black market is emerging for Filipina household helpers in the United Arab Emirates with prospective employers being made to pay up to $4,600 (Dh17,000) for a helper, a UAE news site reported over the weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

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DOLE reports on status of Kasambahay Law implementation

December 13, 2014

From the Department of Labor and Employment

SSS-registered kasambahay now 105,000; DOLE-led convergence drafts protocol on rescue and rehabilitation of abused kasambahay Read the rest of this entry »

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Baldoz in UAE to address domestic workers issues

December 12, 2014

The Philippine labor chief says the nature of the job of household service workers (HSWs) in the UAE give them ‘a very high exposure to exploitation’

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – High-level talks are underway between the Philippines and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to conclusively address issues affecting approximately 100,000 Filipino household service workers (HSWs) in the UAE. Read the rest of this entry »

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Draft resolution may allow deployment of Pinay maids to UAE –report

December 8, 2014

Filipino women wanting to work as household helpers in the United Arab Emirates may benefit from a prospective resolution that will allow their deployment there, a UAE news site reported Sunday. Read the rest of this entry »

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Debt bondage behind Hong Kong sex trade

December 7, 2014

The brutal murders of two Indonesian women in Hong Kong at the start of November made sensational headlines, but less noticed are the sometimes brutal debt burdens that chain migrant workers to low-paying and sometimes dangerous jobs, including sex work. Read the rest of this entry »

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UN investigating slavish treatment of migrant workers in UAE

November 30, 2014

The Gulf state’s physical abuse and slave-like treatment of migrant workers is making headlines again, as the UN starts its own investigation, following an official complaint at the international level, which detailed an “alarming frequency” of cases. Read the rest of this entry »

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PH welcomes new domestic workers’ contract in Gulf states

November 28, 2014

Still, the New York-based Human Rights Watch says a standardized contract is no substitute for labor law protection and institutional reforms

MANILA, Philippines – Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz is hopeful that a new template contract for migrant domestic workers that sets basic labor standards in the Gulf region will “end soon the days of abuse and exploitation” they suffer. Read the rest of this entry »

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Gulf agrees new contract for domestic workers

November 26, 2014

Gulf labor ministers Tuesday agreed on minimum terms in the contracts of domestic staff to improve the widely criticized working conditions of over 2.4 million foreign maids, an official said. Read the rest of this entry »