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Deeply Talks: Domestic Workers in the Gulf

In our August episode of Deeply Talks, experts joined us to discuss our new long-form investigation, on the rights of migrant domestic workers in the Gulf.

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Two young Philippines seek refuge at their embassy in Kuwait, having escaped the violence and sexual advances of their employers. In Kuwait, thousands of Asian women live in fear due to exploitation and mistreatment in their place of work. Sophie Elbaz / Sygma via Getty Images

Millions of migrant workers – including domestic and care workers – continue to flow into Arab Gulf countries, and there are increasing reports of abuse, harassment and exploitation of migrant women who emigrate to the region in search of economic security for themselves and their families.

On this month’s episode of Deeply Talks, we discuss our new long-form investigation, in which our reporters track what happens when women leave countries such as Nepal, Bangladesh and the Philippines to take on domestic work in the Gulf.

The conversation, moderated by executive editor Lara Setrakian, features reporter Sophie Cousins, who coauthored the piece, Rothna Begum, women’s rights researcher for the Middle East and North Africa region at Human Rights Watch, and Zeina Mezher, national project coordinator of the International Labour Organization’s Work in Freedom project.

Listen to the full conversation here.

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