"Modern-Day Slavery" Humiliation and Abuse in Lebanon's Kafala System

Lebanon's kafala system provides citizens with migrant household labor, though its critics say it's more like slavery. Workers have virtually no rights and must often endure hunger, beatings and humiliation. The economic crisis could change this.
By Thore Schröder in Beirut
Jenny from Ghana: "I wasn't a person to them, but an animal."

Jenny from Ghana: "I wasn't a person to them, but an animal."

Foto: Thore Schröder
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Vanessa, whose name has been changed, looks out the window of her apartment.

Vanessa, whose name has been changed, looks out the window of her apartment.

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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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