Human Rights Watch report, "Walls at Every Turn"

Abuse of Migrant Domestic Workers through Kuwait’s Kafala Sponsorship System

By Human Rights Watch
Images by Moises Saman

Foreign domestic workers play an essential role in nearly every Kuwaiti household. More than 660,000 foreign domestic workers from Asia and Africa, the majority of whom are women, work for Kuwait’s 1.3 million citizens, as well as for foreign residents living in the country. While some employers develop an affectionate and caring bond with the women who care for their children, cook their meals, and clean their homes, others take advantage of weak legal protections and an isolated home environment that shields human rights abuses from outside scrutiny.