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22 March 2023

Filipina Migrant Workers and Labor Laws

The murder of Filipina domestic worker Jullebee Ranara in Kuwait in January 2023 highlights the vulnerability of Filipina domestic workers that are not protected by the labor laws in many of the countries where they work.

Since 2018, there have been at least four cases of murdered Kuwait-based Filipina migrant workers murdered in Kuwait.

According to a 2020 article by Naomi Hosada for The Diplomat"

"Migrant workers are placed in vulnerable positions in relation to their employers, because their employers sponsor their visas to work in the Gulf. Disagreeing with their employer can lead to their immediate deportation. The live-in work arrangements of many domestic workers further increase their vulnerability. Unlike other types of migrant workers, their work is considered outside the coverage of public regulations or monitoring, under the reasoning that such oversight could impinge upon the privacy of the employer’s home. This prevents a third party from checking what is going on inside the house until a serious case happens

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