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Sharp drop in maid abuse cases in Bahrain

Bahrain has seen a drop in the number of foreign housemaids coming forward with allegations of abuse during Ramadan.   In previous years, extended working hours and allegations of general mistreatment during the

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Saudi, Philippines probe scalding of maid

Saudi and Philippines authorities are investigating an incident in which a maid from the Philippines was allegedly scalded with water deliberately poured down her back, a Saudi newspaper reported on Thursday. The case was likely t

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New Bahrain rules to fight maid mafia

New restrictions on employing foreign domestic workers will be drawn up to combat "mafias" that force women to work as housemaids in Bahrain, said a senior government official. Labour Minister Jameel Humaidan said that t

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Indonesia pays $2m 'blood money' for Saudi maid

Migrants' rights activists in Indonesia welcomed on Friday the government's decision to pay $1.8 million to free one of its citizens on death row in Saudi Arabia, just days before she was to be executed for murdering her employer.

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Farmer is jailed for raping housemaid in Bahrain

A Bangladeshi farmer who beat up, raped and locked up an Ethiopian maid in an apartment and forced her into prostitution has been jailed for five years.   His 28-year-old vic

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'Duped' woman returns home empty-handed

A woman, who claimed she was duped into working as a housemaid without pay for three months, left Bahrain without her belongings. Nawab Bibi Haneef earlier claimed she travelled to Bahrain on a visit visa after being promised work

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'Stupid' killer gets death term in UAE

An Indian, described by his lawyer as the "most stupid" person he has ever seen, has been awarded a death sentence by a UAE court for murdering a maid, said a report. The man, who worked as a cook for a UAE government of

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Kidnapped maid recounts ordeal

An Ethiopian maid was allegedly kidnapped by three men outside her employer's home as she took out the rubbish. It is claimed the 28-year-old was blindfolded, gagged and bundled into a car in broad daylight, said a report in t

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UAE-Philippines to sign deal to protect maids

The UAE is set to sign an agreement with the Philippines to protect maids who are currently not covered by the country’s labour laws, said a report. The agreement on household service workers (HSWs) is expected to stop contr

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Saudi to grant maid visas to new job firms

Saudi Arabia will allow new recruitment firms to bring in more maids from different countries in a move to curb black marketing of domestic workers, a report said. The Labour Ministry of the kingdom will give 10 manpower companies

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