In Qatar and other Gulf countries, mostly low skilled migrant women pay the price for the crime of zina, which criminalizes unmarried sex and pregnancy out of wedlock.
For migrant workers, failing to pay off loans can mean jail time and loss of income.
In the Middle East, an unregulated labor market gives employers extensive control over workers, but limits workers from airing grievances and complaints.
Zina laws treat sex and pregnancy out of wedlock as crimes punishable by imprisonment. But without means to seek legal recourse, it is mostly low-skilled migrant woman who face charges.
Labor migrants comprise about 90 percent of Qatar's population.
A new study offers interesting insights. It also debunks fallacies.
For the workers stranded in the labor camps, reforms and resolutions cannot come fast enough.
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Meet Pat and Pinay, brother and sister who have become an integral part of the protection of Filipino au pairs in trouble.
As au pairs, Christy and Jhoy wanted to improve their lives. What they found instead was heartbreak, maltreatment, and a future in limbo.