Each year, around 15,000 migrant domestic workers arrive in the UK on short-term visas to work as cooks, cleaners, housekeepers and nannies for wealthy foreign families. Many of them are women from very poor backgrounds in countries like the Philippines, Morocco, India, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. Employers are often drawn from Gulf states, and stay in some of London’s most expensive neighbourhoods. Yet new research published this week by Human Rights Watch shows these workers are being subjected to very serious abuses.

Theresa May Can Make History on Modern Slavery. Will She Go Far Enough?

The Dark Side of Migration


Direct link to the Amnesty International report on Qatar’s labor practices in anticipation of the 2022 World Cup in PDF format for download.

The report is the product of three years’ investigation; certainly worth ten minutes to download and skim, if not a bit longer to read.

Slavery is alive and well in the 21st century, and it’s bringing you the World Cup in nine years. What are you going to do about it, futbol fans?