Slavery in Hague ambassadors homes

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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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3 Comments To This Article

  • A Freebie 4 de dutch posted:

    on 30th March 2011, 14:01:46 - Reply

    The dutch are grubby pigs who want a free ride every where they go! That's why they won't leave Holland cause the world is onto them and if your smart charge them ten times more than everyone else!!!
  • Vineta posted:

    on 30th March 2011, 13:48:55 - Reply

    The domestic workers are illegal in the country, then, if I understand right? otherwise they can be employed for the low wage (official wages are fixed), and agree to be "locked up". Real shame on diplomats - they receive generous compensations to cover their living expenses; and, in any case, they are supposed to be a facade of their own country!...
  • typical posted:

    on 26th March 2011, 14:01:35 - Reply

    typical Holland, A country that encourages cheap labor. Skankville!!!!!!!!