“Runaway” maids increased in UAE during Ramadan

“There was a spike or surge in the number of runaway domestic workers during the holy month of Ramadan period,” Felicitas Bay, Philippine labour attaché to Dubai and Northern Emirates, said.

Most of the women are just new in Dubai – almost all of them came as visitors and looked for employment here. “The majority just arrived one month ago; some stayed with their employers for about five days and ran away,” Bay noted.

Cases cited were sickness, including heart and respiratory ailments reportedly brought about by overwork, maltreatment, verbal and physical abuse; insufficient food, unpaid salaries, long-working hours without sufficient rest; non-issuance of employment visa, and pre-existing illnesses.

 

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