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What free time? The hard lives of domestics who work abroad

Out of economic necessity, thousands of young women agree to take jobs overseas that pay them little and require as many as 18 hours of work a day, seven days a week. That's according to a Human Rights Watch researcher who recently completed a study of the lives of domestics. In her report, "Swept Under the Rug: Domestic Workers Around the World," Nisha Varia says most of their waking hours are spent cleaning, cooking, serving meals, and caring for their employers' children, the elderly, and ill relatives. With no precise data available, Varia drew various conclusions from her interviews with such women. Among them, the countries that are the leading suppliers of domestics as well as those where most are hired:

Supplier nations
Indonesia
Philippines
Sri Lanka
India

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Hiring nations
Singapore
Hong Kong
Malaysia
Taiwan
Saudi Arabia
Kuwait
United Arab Emirates
Bahrain
Lebanon

– Reuters