The Trafficking of Ethiopian Domestic Workers into Lebanon: Navigating Through a Novel Passage of the International Maid Trade
38 Pages Posted: 23 Nov 2014 Last revised: 10 Dec 2014
Date Written: 2006
This article examines the trafficking of Ethiopian domestic workers into Lebanon. Since 1989, the number of domestic workers from Ethiopia trafficked into Lebanon has skyrocketed. The majority of these domestic workers are neither extended protection from their native or host states, which coupled with local racism and xenophobia, exposes these domestic workers to economic exploitation, abuse, and violence. This article provides a survey of this under-examined maid trade, and proposes prescriptive measures aimed at protecting the human rights of Ethiopian domestic workers in Lebanon, and combating illegal trafficking.
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