Fighting Modern Slavery With Migrant CareNovember 14, 2011 No Comments
Anis Hidayah is an Indonesian lawyer fighting for the rights of Asian immigrant workers who are often treated as slaves and forced to endure physical and sexual abuse around the world.
She first got involved in this when she was a young law student and learned about a woman being raped by her employer in Saudi Arabia when working in his home.
Her organization, Migrant Care, was started in 2004 and now helps over 1,000 women a year dealing with cases of abuse and violence at the hands of employers, and even recruiters, in Asian and Middle Eastern countries.
Hidayah is playing a large part in creating awareness around the issues female migrant workers face and has just been given a Human Rights Watch Award in Toronto for “extraordinary activism.”
According to the Human Rights Watch there are somewhere between 50 and 100 million domestic workers worldwide.
It’s great work that Hidayah is doing and it’s great that these issues are being recognized and spoken out against. Let’s hope she realizes her dream of taking Migrant Care worldwide in the near future.
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