Modern Slavery Europe's Army of Filipino Domestic Workers

They clean, walk dogs and take care of children, day in and day out, for years at a time. A photography project shows how women from the Philippines work in poor conditions in Europe so that their families back home can have better lives.
By Maria Stöhr and Thomas Morel-Fort (Photos)
Jhen as she cleans an apartment in Paris: Much of her work has collapsed with the arrival of the coronavirus.

Jhen as she cleans an apartment in Paris: Much of her work has collapsed with the arrival of the coronavirus.

Foto: Thomas Morel-Fort
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A Filipino domestic worker washes dishes on board a barge along the Seine River in Paris.

A Filipino domestic worker washes dishes on board a barge along the Seine River in Paris.

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Thomas Morel-Fort

Jhen's family in the Philippines: Several families live from the money that Donna and Jhen regularly wire back home.

Jhen's family in the Philippines: Several families live from the money that Donna and Jhen regularly wire back home.

Foto: Thomas Morel-Fort / Thomas-Morel-Fort
Greetings from back home: Jhen's daughter Jennidel (right) and her aunt telephone with Jhen in Paris.

Greetings from back home: Jhen's daughter Jennidel (right) and her aunt telephone with Jhen in Paris.

Foto: Thomas Morel-Fort / Thomas-Morel-Fort
A rare moment of peace and quiet: Donna, Jhen and another friend meet up during the evening. The Filipino community in Paris is large.

A rare moment of peace and quiet: Donna, Jhen and another friend meet up during the evening. The Filipino community in Paris is large.

Foto: Thomas Morel-Fort
Female Migrant Workers in France: A Life Between Manila and Paris
Foto: Thomas Morel-Fort
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Female Migrant Workers in France: A Life Between Manila and Paris

This piece is part of the Global Societies series. The project runs for three years and is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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