Slavery in Hague ambassadors homes
Ambassadors and senior diplomats in The Hague are guilty of exploiting and imprisoning their domestic staff. Embassy servants have told Radio Netherlands Worldwide and Dutch daily their stories of abuse.
An Indonesian domestic servant working for a South American diplomat had to hand in her passport and employment contract, was forbidden to leave the house and had to work seven days a week for a low wage. A Philippine servant of a former Saudi ambassador also had her passport confiscated and was confined to the house for five years, until she finally escaped with her children. The cases are nothing short of “modern slavery”, says lawyer Antoinette Vlieger.
Radio Netherlands Worldwide and are now aware of of confinement, exploitation and psychological abuse of domestic staff in The Hague, the Dutch city in which nearly all foreign embassies are located. The diplomats involved are from the Middle East, Europe, Asia and Latin America. They often make use of cheap labour from the Philippines or Indonesia.
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