There are currently 200,000 migrant domestic workers in Lebanon todayin a country of 4 million.
Due to the sponsorhsip system, maids are required to live with their employers, and are instantly “illegal” when they run away from the home. Maids save on rent, bills, and food costs living with their employers.These women often hold households together, they are the mothers,the cooks, the doctors, and the cleaners.
According to Human Rights Watch report in 2008, one maid is dying every week as a result of abuse or suicide.
Every day, Caritas Migrant Center is receiving between six and eight abused maids to their shelter, which vary from rape, trafficking, starvation and violence. There is no law to protect these women and abusers are very rarely punished.
With the help of this grant, I would like to travel to Nepal, to witness and document first hand how recruiters offer these women a working life in Lebanon and abroad, I would like to follow their journey from Nepal, leaving their family and their home, through to India, where they get their work permit as Nepalese are banned from working in Lebanon, and through to Lebanon.