Maids in Lebanon: ‘My employer treats me like a slave’

Lucy’s dream of working in the Middle East turned into a nightmare of abuse. She’s not the only one.

Hundreds of foreign domestic maids were dumped outside their embassies last summer in Lebanon after the families they worked for could no longer afford their wages.

The horrific scenes were a symptom of the country’s economic meltdown but also Lebanon’s use of foreign workers – a system which human rights groups say amounts to “modern-day slavery”.

English | February 28, 2021

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