Translator, researcher and writer
In recent years reports about the mistreatment, exploitation and even execution of Indonesian domestic workers at home and abroad have regularly made headlines. Familiar horror stories of domestic workers’ experiences include starvation in Malaysia, beatings at the hands of abusive employers in Indonesia and repeated beheadings in Saudi Arabia.
The latest of these executions occurred on Oct. 29 when Tuti Tursilawati, a domestic worker and victim of gender-based violence, was beheaded after being found guilty of killing her employer.
Domestic workers are exposed to multiple vulnerabilities which, when combined with the lack of state acknowledgement and protection, positions them as not only one of the largest segments of the national workforce, but also one of the most at risk.
While accurate statistics regarding the current n...
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