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Women and girls leave their homes every day to find jobs as domestic workers in the cities of your country.

But when they show up for their first day of work, some find out they’ve been deceived. Locked inside the homes of strangers — no contact with their families, and often beaten and sexually abused — they are caught in the nightmare of modern slavery.

For the first time ever, there’s a global standard to protect domestic workers. It’s called Convention 189.1 22 key countries have already signed on2 and momentum is growing for an international surge of support. If your country ratifies now it will be crucial to ensure other countries in the region feel compelled to take action.

Call on the Government of your country to ratify Convention 189 immediately and help end domestic slavery.

Around the world, there are at least 64.5 million domestic workers – over 15% are children. 3 Domestic work is a growing industry, worth US$8 billion in illegal profits every year. 4 If all domestic workers worked in one country, this country would be the tenth largest employer worldwide.

Domestic work is an important source of employment but the people behind these numbers are too often invisible behind the doors of private households and unprotected by national legislation. This allows for the worst types of abuse often amounting to modern slavery.

Tougher rules to protect domestic workers are long overdue. By sending a message to the Government of your country today you can help start a domino effect until all countries take action.

25 countries have already taken this step – will yours be next?

Ratified countries:

Argentina, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Finland, Germany, Guinea, Guyana, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Mauritius, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Portugal, South Africa, Switzerland, Uruguay

Chip in and help end modern slavery once and for all.

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Eric Franklin

The problem is in our hearts; law can’t achieve what’s needed. Basic good-heartedness isn’t there even in religious established bodies eg Christian Church. Apostle Paul, Yahshua himself, preached simple goodness from the heart, without ANY law. Modern thought eg Krishnamurti Kant obey ‘Categorical Imperative’ to do what is clearly good (in simple terms same rule for me as for others). Kohlberg ethics, level 6-7. Law gives power to compel the lawless/selfish. No more words available in this post.


I always believe in eye for an eye. Whatever it is that these horrible so called ‘men’ do to those girls should be done back to them and more! Then they would think twice about treating people like animals if they were treated the same way as their punishment. If the government had their own daughters treated this way, there would be a change and if not, somehow someway karma will be a bitch! What goes around comes around!

Nanci Hartland
Nanci Hartland

I was in Dubai to train upper level admin assistants of Managers of 4 oil companies. I stayed in a 5-star hotel; ate my meals there. Sad Filipino wait staff said they lived in dormitories, bussed to work, locked in; passports taken, could not go home, talk to family for 3 years till debt of job was paid. I gave 1 nice boy like my son my card. 6 months later got email from Philippines; was raped by his employer, had AIDS, dying. I called Ambassador, staff checked. It’s true. He died that week.

Call on your country to ratify C189 to help end domestic slavery

74,229 actions of 75,000 goal

Dear Labor Minister,

I believe domestic workers should enjoy the same protections as other workers and no longer be the invisible labour behind the doors of private households and unprotected by national legislation. This allows for the worst types of abuse often amounting to modern slavery.

I call on my Government to take a stand for domestic workers and ratify the Domestic Workers Convention 189 immediately.

Yours sincerely,

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