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Jakarta Post

Government urged to protect child domestic workers

  • Inga Ting


Jakarta   /   Tue, February 16 2010   /  01:14 pm

No child worker: An employee takes down notes at a domestic worker agency in Jakarta. Activists have been urging the government to address the issue of child domestic workers. JP/NurhayatiThe worst beating Kaminah ever received was from her employer, using a kitchen knife. The lady of the house had many knives; this one was one of the bigger ones. The blade was at least 30-centimeters long and serrated.

After her employer left the room, the 15-year-old used her own clothes to mop up the pool of blood that had collected on the tiles. She then put the clothes back in her bag, which also served as her pillow.

Kaminah worked for more than 18 hours that day, just as she did every day. Over the next week, the open wounds, which her employer forbade her to clean or treat, would fill with white pus and become infected.

“[Whenever I got a beating] I would always think of...