Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Dubai's Promised Land of Luxury Lures Women Into Sexual Slavery

by Glen Carey from Bloomberg

Dubai has transformed itself from a trading village to the Persian Gulf's financial and tourist hub with lower taxes and a more vibrant nightlife than other Gulf states. Bars heave with men drinking $10 beers and women in short skirts. That's attracted rich Saudis, U.S. oil workers flush with cash after stints in Iraq, and bankers who are paid as much as 40% more than those in London or New York. Affluence has increased the demand for laborers and housemaids, and the development of laws to protect them from exploitation hasn't kept pace, the International Labor Organization said in an e-mailed response to questions. Women from Asia and Africa often sign contracts to work as maids, waitresses, hairdressers and secretaries, only to have employers confiscate their passports and force them to work as prostitutes, the U.S. report said. Others work excessive hours under the threat of mental, physical or sexual abuse until they can pay off recruitment costs. "Once they are there, they find that their contract is not valid,'' said Basil Fernando, executive director of the Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights Commission. "They get stranded.''

1 comment:

Abu Daoud said...

Well, they are unbelievers after all...