Monday, July 15, 2013

Maid found hanging in East Lebanon

Al-Akhbar English - Published Sunday, July 14, 2013

A 29-year-old foreign domestic worker was found hanging by the neck in her employer's East Lebanon home Sunday in an apparent suicide, state news reported.

The National News agency said the Bangladeshi woman used clothes to hang herself in the Zahle town of al-Marj. The report said the woman was a victim of human trafficking by a local tribe.

Suicides are common among
Lebanon's domestic workers, many of whom face slavery-like conditions inside family homes.

Last month an Ethiopian domestic worker who was six months pregnant committed suicide in her employer's home in a Mount Lebanon village, also by hanging.

Domestic workers in Lebanon are employed under the exploitative sponsorship system which denies the servant a right to leave her employer before the end of her contract.

Human Rights Watch documented an average of one death per week due to unnatural causes in 2008. Those cases included suicides and death by falling from buildings.

Domestic workers are not covered by Lebanese labor laws, meaning that they have no minimum wage and no social security.

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