Domestic Servitude

Nia Davis

Definition

Domestic servitude is a special category of labor trafficking: the plight of domestic workers such as maids, servants, housekeepers, child-care givers, those caring for the elderly, the ill, and the infirm.

Circumstances

Circumstances

For some domestic workers, the circumstances and conditions of their work amount to forced labor, where employers have forbidden them from leaving the home; withheld or not paid wages; used violence or threats of violence; withheld their passports or identity document; limited their ability to have contact with family; or deceived them about their rights in order to compel them to work.
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Women and girls make up the overwhelming majority of domestic workers worldwide, although in some countries a significant number of men and boys are domestic workers. ILO estimates that more girls under the age of 16 work in domestic service than in any other category of child labor.