Delegates from Nepal and Bangladesh attend a conference on new report relating to exploitation of migrant domestic workers by recruitment agencies, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Migrant worker recruitment agencies are making elaborate profits off the back of migrant domestic workers who continue to face extrememly harsh labor and living conditions in Lebanon, a new report said."The report found that those migrant domestic workers interviewed as part of this study are victims of practices that are akin to human trafficking and forced labor," according to the overview of the KAFA (Enough) Violence and Exploitation report. Of the 200,000 – 250,000 migrant domestic workers in the country, most are brought in by agencies under the kafala sponsorship system, generally meaning their employees sponsor their stay in Lebanon. Its findings were presented at a conference Monday hosted by KAFA and The Legal Agenda at the University of Saint Joseph's Faculty of Medicine, attended by legal representatives from Nepal and Bangladesh along with the Migrant Forum in Asia.The report found that recruitment agencies make elaborate profits on two fronts: First by charging exorbitant fees to migrant domestic workers before they came to Lebanon, and second by drastically overcharging employers.
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