Domestic Workers

Domestic workers working in private households suffer similar conditions of exploitation as factory workers. While they might not make a product, but they often face excessively long hours, low pay, and unsecure contracts.

AWorking a wide variety of tasks, including cleaning the house, cooking, washing and ironing clothes, taking care of children, or elderly or sick members of a family, gardening, etc, domestic workers are vulnerable to physical, mental and sexual abuse or restrictions on freedom of movement.

The ILO estimates that there are 67 million people working in domestic work, and over 7 million children under the age of 15.i Due to the unregulated nature of the work, domestic workers are often victims of social discrimination, particularly based on race or class/caste status, and many face the risk of becoming domestic slaves.