Saturday, February 26, 2011

The abuses of Middle Eastern Employers to East Asian Migrant employees

Millions of Asians men and women worked as contract migrants in Middle East and majority of them are working in domestic work, construction and some in manufacturing jobs.

 The demand for labor and domestic jobs in Middle East countries is always at high. The demand lures hope for job seekers in third world countries such as The Philippines , Vietnam , etc.

These job seekers are doing all the hard labors their Arab employers hesitant to carry out and still these lazy and demanding employers are mistreated them physically, psychologically and sexually.

 Many migrant workers who supposedly saving money to send to their families back home are starting to save money to escape from their employers.

Though there are many migrants who are able to work and earn without hindrance in other foreign countries but in Middle East they were confronted with serious abuses, such as deception about their working conditions, months or years of unpaid wages and much worst the physical and psychological cruelty.

Recently there was reported case of maltreatment to a Sri-Lankan maid, after she arrived from middle-east the airport x-ray caught a very scary image from her hands, there were nails inside.

Try to imagine how her employer put those nails and how much pain she endured for experiencing that kind of agonizing punishment.

 These cruel employers in Middle East are not looking for maids but rather virtual slaves to unleash their evil desires.

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In Riyadh an Indonesian housemaid is in serious condition following amputation of both her hands and feet after a month-long torture by her employers, said a member of the Saudi National Society for Human Rights.  

 There are many Filipinos who came home and hid their remorse of the abuse and harassment committed by their employers to them, some were raped and beaten. 

 An unknown Filipino overseas worker had her baby delivered secretly in the plane and then secretly thrown the poor baby to the garbage can; luckily the airport medical staff saved the baby.   According to many experts who studied the case, the mother could be a victim of rape by her employer and had decided to hide her predicament from her families.

 The worst cases of maid abuse can be found at Jakarta’s police hospital, such as a woman with scars she claims were inflicted by her female employer in Kuwait because she worked too slowly.  “My arm and my buttock were ironed. Then my head was hit with a metal bar, my hair was cut, and my eyes were poked,” she told Al Jazeera.  Countries of employment such as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, and Singapore rely heavily on migrant labor, which comprises between 25 and 90 percent of their labor force. Under the current sponsorship system, foreign employees must obtain their visas through an employer, who frequently takes possession of the passport, making it all but impractical to change employers when they face abuse. These countries also exclude domestic workers from the labor laws, leaving them free to abuse with doors to escape legal obligations.
The sad stories of the victims can’t be just ignored, there are millions of them and I am sure there are a thousand of Asian migrant workers who are out there suffering from abuses and maltreatment.   The Human Rights International is declaring these key reforms:
  • Improvement of the sponsorship visa system. Employee’s visas should not be tied to their employers.
  • Fair protection for domestic workers under labor laws. This includes provisions for one day off per week, overtime pay, and other benefits.
  • Make sure that employees should have admission to justice and support services. Migrants accused of crimes must be given interpreters or legal aid. Migrants who experienced abuses should have access to shelter, legal aid, medical care, and temporary residence status.
  • Better monitoring of labor employment agencies. Both sending and receiving countries must thoroughly regulate, supervise, and enforce minimum standards for labor recruitment agencies.