30 3 / 2012

"As a domestic worker I have experienced the kind of abuse and creeping exploitation that can go on in a private house, where there is never a clocking-off time, and you are vulnerable to the predations of men (and women) who know you are powerless. The right to change employer is a very important protection for domestic workers, it allows us the chance to say no to abuse."

UK-based domestic worker and human rights campaigner Marissa Begonia, on recent UK visa changes. She calls them “a return to Victorian-era slavery,” and claims that tighter rules will create a more conducive environment for abuse.