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Nightmare in Dreamland - housemaides in Dubai

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Published on Jan 25, 2011

http://www.etete.org
Every year sees a migration of thousands of poor African and Asian women to the oil rich countries of the Middle East. Young women seeking a brighter future as domestic employees, for to be a maid in Dubai is the only prospect a young Ethiopian has of gainful employment.

100 Dollars a month is the sought after average wage, no matter that you are on call 24 hours a day for your employer. However, on arrival in the fairytale land of Dubai these dreams will often turn into a nightmare of bare survival. These girls are becoming the slaves of the 21st century and there is no escape. Abused in a Country where they have no voice and no alternatives, many see suicide as the only way out. A few dare to flee, wandering the streets of Dubai or finding temporary refuge in one of the few, overfilled emergency shelters in the city.

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