As If I Am Not Human: Abuses Against Asian Domestic Workers by Human Rights Watch

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N. Doc. A/45/49 (Vol. I) (2001), entered into force December 25, 2003, acceded to by Saudi Arabia on July 20, 2007. 29 Human Rights Watch July 2008 ensuring its policies prevent conditions leading to trafficking and protect domestic workers from discrimination and degrading treatment. According to Saudi officials, these international treaties are automatically incorporated into domestic law. 56 Migration transcends national borders, and both sending and receiving countries have increasingly relied on bilateral labor agreements or informal mechanisms to establish transnational recruitment policies.

51 Human Rights Watch July 2008 experience, this was their first time. I really pitied them…. 102 Confinement by Employers My employer kept my passport and iqama. They locked me in the house from the outside with a key. There is no way that I could leave. , Indonesian domestic worker, Riyadh, December 5, 2006 My employer didn’t allow me to go back to Indonesia for six years and eight months…. I never got any salary, not even one riyal!... My employer never got angry with me, she never hit me. But she forbade me from returning to Indonesia.

We will introduce radical reforms to reduce the number to three big agencies, with resources, supervised by the government. We keep closing the bad agencies but new ones come, and we close them…. We want to have requirements that the agents must have a university education and a financial deposit. So many agencies have meager resources, they are small shops with one or two people working there. We will dissolve them and form big, private companies supervised by the government. 52 If such a proposal was to move forward, these recruitment agencies would wield an enormous amount of power and money.

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