Indonesian maid tortured in Kuwait

This video says about itself:

A Sri Lankan maid who returned to the country from Kuwait last September is now pregnant after allegedly being raped by the driver of her employer

From the Jakarta Globe in Indonesia:

Embassy No Help to Maid, Court Told

Agus Triyono | October 27, 2011

Indonesian diplomats overseas are often insensitive to the plight of the country’s migrant workers, a former migrant household maid said on Thursday.

Imas Tati, a woman from Majalengka, West Java, who once worked as a maid in Kuwait, gave evidence at the Central Jakarta District Court that she had once reported mistreatment by her employer to the Indonesian Embassy in Kuwait, but her report was largely ignored.

“I went there to report on torture at the hands of my employers, but from them [Indonesian diplomats] I was told ‘you are not my business, you are the affairs of your agent.’ ”

Testifying in a case filed against the government and the House of Representatives by the Action Committee for Household Workers, Imas said that besides torture, she had also been the victim of sexual harassment and was once almost raped by her employer.

She said that early in her time in Kuwait she come to the embassy to seek help, but was consistently told that responsibility lied with the agent that brought her to Kuwait.

The Action Committee took the government and the legislature to court in April, accusing them of negligence and failure to protect citizens working as housemaids.

The suit specifically named President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Vice President Boediono, Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa, then Justice and Human Minister Patrialis Akbar, Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandar, the head of the National Board for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Overseas Workers (BNP2TKI) and the legislature.

The Foreign Ministry did not respond to a request for comment. The case continues.

Kuwait: Maid beaten to death: here.

Migrant Rights and The Arab Spring: here.

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  13. Indonesian housemaids cannot go to Bahrain

    Last updated: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 12:09 AM

    Saudi Gazette report

    DAMMAM — Indonesian housemaids can no longer come to the Kingdom from Bahrain starting early next month as Jakarta has prevented its housemaids from going to Manama to work, Makkah reported on Tuesday quoting Bahraini labor market sources.

    An official at the Bahraini Labor Market Authority said Indonesian immigration authorities have banned the recruitment of housemaids to Bahrain.

    The official, who did not want to be named, said Indonesian authorities took the decision to prevent the housemaids from migrating from Bahrain to Saudi Arabia.

    He said the ban would be effective Mar. 1.

    Many Saudi citizens, especially in the Eastern Province, used to travel to Bahrain to recruit Indonesian housemaids from there.

    The official explained that after they arrive in Bahrain on formal work visas, the housemaids would often be passed over to Saudi Arabia to work there.

    “The monthly salary of an Indonesian housemaid in Bahrain is about SR800 while in Saudi Arabia it is more than SR2,500,” he said.

    He said a number of Saudis with dual nationality would exploit their Bahraini passports to recruit housemaids in Bahrain and transfer them from there to the Eastern Province in the Kingdom.

    “This is a violation of the agreement signed between Bahrain and Indonesia,” he said.

    The official said the Indonesian Embassy in Manama had forwarded reports to the immigration authorities and the human rights organizations in Jakarta demanding a ban on the recruitment of housemaids to Bahrain.


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