Logo en Global Donate now

Online Database: Working for the abolition of legalized migrant enslavement through information sharing

GlobalChange

Document Details

 

Print and save

Journal article

Female Sri Lankan Domestic Workers in Lebanon: A Case of 'Contract Slavery'?

Date

2004-07-01

Authors

Ray Jureidini and Nayla Moukarbel

Abstract

Since the early 1990s, there has been a large influx of Sri Lankan women into Lebanon, serving primarily as domestic labour households. The Sri Lankan government, as with other countries, has actively encouraged the 'export' of domestic labour as it has become the largest single source of foreign revenue for the country. As part of the feminisation of international migration and trafficking in human labour, both the employment relations and social status of these women leave them extremely vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. it is argued in this paper that most Sri Lankan domestic workers fall under the category of 'contract slavery', given the legal and employment conditions which they face. The analysis of 70 interviews with Sri Lankan women in Lebanon reveals their living conditions, how they are treated by their employers, and how the legal and administrative arrangements of these workers have facilitated the poor conditions and entrapment which many encounter.

Journal title

Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

Volume

30

Issue

4

Page numbers

581-607

Publisher

Carfax Publishing

Keywords

Domestic Worker; Female Migrants; Contract Slavery; Sri Lankan Migration; Lebanon

Economic sectors

Occupations in services - Domestic work

Content types

Policy analysis and Documented cases of abuse

Geographical focuses

Regional relevance

Languages

English