Trapped maids face life of abuse in Lebanon

December 18, 2008


By Yara Bayoumy

An Ethiopian housemaid lies bandaged in a government hospital after falling from a 12th floor balcony. She says her Lebanese employer pushed her off.

“Madam asked me to hang the clothes. Then she came and pushed me from behind,” the 25-year-old woman told Reuters. Too frightened to let her name be published, she said her employer had frequently threatened and abused her.