Qatar: abused domestic workers on the run

10 September, 18:28

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(ANSAmed) - DOHA,SET 10- Many Qatari families on holiday in Britain have had to pack up and return to Qatar because their housemaids had fled. The news is reported today by the Doha Gulf Times newspaper, whose title "Gone maid ruins a Qatari family holiday" seems to emphasize more the discomfort of the Emirate citiziens than the serious violations of human rights that caused the phenomenon.

The problem of the flight of domestic staff and Asian babysitters who work with families in Qatar is worsening, in particular when traveling in European countries or in the U.S., according to the newspaper in Doha.

A Qatari citizien, interviewed by Gulf Times, said that as soon as she arrived in London, she became aware that her maid had disappeared, despite the fact that she had taken the passport of the domestic worker. The practice of seizing passports to workers is still widespread in Qatar, although forbidden by law.

The condition of workers' rights in Qatar was widely denounced by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the International Labour Organisation of the UN.

According to the Qatar Foundation against human trafficking, complaints of violation of the rights of domestic personnel increased by 4% between 2009 and 2011. (ANSAmed).

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