According to a report by The Guardian, the domestic workers business is booming in Kuwait and an increasing number of African women are being dumped into a life of domestic servitude.
Recruitment agents in their countries promise them jobs as nurses in hospitals or in the hotel industry, only to find on arrival in Kuwait that they have been brought to work as housemaids.
One of them shares her story ;
“[The agents] took us to their offices and people would come to look at us,” said one woman who worked as a nurse in Sierra Leone. “If they said, ‘I want this person’, they took you to their house.”
Adama, 24, said that after being selected by a Kuwaiti family she was taken to their house and treated “like a slave”.
“You have to work 24 hours [with] no day off. You can never leave the house … You are not allowed to use mobile phones. These people are not good.”
She raises her skirt to reveal a deeply scarred leg. Adama claims her employer paid her nothing for her work and deliberately spilled hot oil on her while she was cooking. “I was crying, [but] she did not even look at me. I said, ‘Madam, why you do this to me?’ She told me that I’m a slave … I’m too slow, I’m not fast enough.”
Guardian has the full report