Cyprus -Abuse of domestic workers - November 4, 2012

A case of a Nigerian cleaning woman has served to highlight the systemic symptoms of a deficient domestic workers employment system, geared towards protecting the employer and demeaning trafficking victims. According to a retired policeman who now works with the Cyprian Samaritans OFW Foundation Incorporation the call to the labour relations office provided a parody of a trial. After a domestic worker files a complaint against their employer, they have two choices until a final decision is made, go back to the employer they have accused to work, or sit and wait. They are not allowed to work elsewhere.



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