Maids in Lebanon: My employer treats me like a slave


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Hundreds of foreign maids were dumped outside their embassies last summer in Lebanon after the families they worked for were no longer able to pay their salaries.

The horrific scenes were symptomatic of the country’s economic collapse, but also a symptom of the country’s economic collapse, as well as Lebanon’s use of foreign workers – a system that human rights groups say amounts to “modern slavery.”

The BBC’s Martin Patience spoke to the maids about their experiences and examined whether their situation had changed.

Producers: Nour Mutraji, Amaru Fofana, and Rachel Thorne

Photography: Daniel Bangoro, Lee Durant and Rachel Thorne


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