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This ad in The Gulf Today has emerged online, and brings to mind the horrific conditions and abuse suffered by some Indonesian migrant workers.

Retno Wulandari   22 November 2016 11:53

Brilio.net - We have heard many stories about Indonesian migrant workers, about their lives in foreign countries they worked in, but nowadays they rarely end well. Just this month 18 people died and 44 went missing after a ship carrying mostly illegal Indonesian migrant workers in Malaysia sank off the coast of Batam. 

But this advertisement, which appeared on Reddit before circulating online, is particularly shocking. 

It appears to be a full-page advert from The Gulf Today, one of the United Arab Emirates' four major daily newspapers, advertising maids from countries including Indonesia. The publication's marketing department could not be reached for comment at time of publication as their office hours had not yet begun. 



via Reddit

Thousands of Indonesians are trapped every year into slave-like labor abroad and can suffer inhumane treatment, with recent famous cases including two sex workers murdered by a Bank of America employee in Hong Kong and an Indonesian maid who suffered horrific torture at the hands of her HK employer. Controversies from the Middle East have seen maids executed in occassionally murky circumstances. 

The poster speaks to the attitudes and practices endured by migrant workers from around the world in the Middle East and the U.A.E. in particular, where the government has been accused of allowing slave-like conditions to proliferate.  

The temptation to work abroad and earn foreign currency to send home is a tantalizing route to escaping poverty. 

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