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Indonesia bans maids going to Kuwait 17, October 2009

Posted by thegulfblog.com in Kuwait.
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The Kuwait Times reports that the Indonesian Government has banned its nationals from moving to Kuwait to work in domestic service. This drastic step has been taken as there are currently 600 (six HUNDRED) run-away maids in the Indonesian embassy in Kuwait City. Until their cases have been sorted out Indonesia has thankfully decided to stop allowing maids to be sent to Kuwait. Whilst this is a sensible and humane decision, it is hardly attacking the underlying issue of exactly why there are 600 maids currently residing in the Embassy. Are the work shy? Don’t they like the heat? No, they are tortured and worked half to death. It is – make no mistake whatsoever – modern-day slavery. (More here and here).