Protection of Female Migrant Domestic Workers
In recent times, international migration has been increasingly feminised and today women represent around half of the total population of migrants. In host countries, this group predominantly tends to find work in traditionally female-dominated sectors, such as domestic services. However, domestic workers in general and female domestic workers in particular are especially prone to abuse and exploitation. A large share of this group receives only little protection and low wages and many are subject to physical and sexual violence, as well as human trafficking. The international community needs to discuss measures to improve the situation of female domestic migrant workers in order to ensure the human rights of this group.
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