Child Domestic Workers in Indonesia - HRW

The Indonesian government is failing to protect children working as domestic workers from abuse and exploitation, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Feb. 11 in a new report, " Workers in the Shadows: Abuse and Exploitation of Child Domestic Workers in Indonesia. The report calls on the Indonesian government to grant fundamental labor rights to domestic workers and to strictly enforce the existing minimum age requirement of 15. The 73-page report documents how hundreds of thousands of girls in Indonesia, some as young as 11, are employed as domestic workers in other people's households. Most girls interviewed for the report worked 14 to 18 hours a day, seven days a week, with no day off. Almost all are grossly underpaid, and some get no salary at all. In the worst cases, girls reported being physically, psychologically, and sexually abused.

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