The Story of Tina

The Story of Tina

Throughout her five months of domestic servitude, Tina was subjected to various forms of physical and psychological violence including detention, degrading treatment, humiliation, shouting and beating. Although she was able to free herself by leaving the sponsor's home, she is still tied by the shackles of the sponsorship system that require her abusive sponsor to sign a "waiver" before she can work somewhere else. Otherwise, she is forced to return home empty-handed. This sponsorship system is a modern system of slavery in its most extreme forms. It grants the sponsors absolute control over the lives of migrant domestic workers and control over their basic human rights. In this system, only the sponsor has the right to untie their bond to the domestic worker. The concerned Lebanese authorities, especially the ministry of Labor, have an urgent duty to abolish the sponsorship system. Adopt laws that protect domestic workers from slavery.