Latest modern slavery fight updates -

Live-in domestic workers in Spain treated like “modern-day slaves”

  • Published on
    November 13, 2020
  • News Source Image
  • Category:
    Domestic Slavery
Hero Banner

Global lockdowns as a result of COVID-19 have resulted in some live-in domestic workers being trapped with their employers. In Spain, a country with the most domestic workers in Europe, the majority of these workers live with their employers – increasing their risk of exploitation.

Isabella and Maria (not their real names) describe in a BBC report the abuse they have had to endure at the hands of their employers. Isabella was allowed just a cup of coffee for dinner and had to constantly refuse her employers’ sexual advances.

Some workers, like Maria, report being imprisoned in their employers’ home. Maria explained, “I could only keep in touch with the outside world on my phone, not able to set foot on the street.”

Watch the BBC report below.

Edith Espinola from SEDOAC, a domestic workers’ union in Spain said, “We have a motto: ‘live-in maids are modern slaves.” Around 100 women have sought support from Edith during the pandemic.

Domestic workers in Spain are made vulnerable to modern slavery partly because they don’t enjoy the same rights as other workers. But there is a global standard to protect domestic workers called Convention 189, and Spain has yet to ratify.

Join over 86,000 supporters urging their government to ratify C189 and ensure domestic workers are better protected from exploitation and modern slavery.


Freedom United is interested in hearing from our community and welcomes relevant, informed comments, advice, and insights that advance the conversation around our campaigns and advocacy. We value inclusivity and respect within our community. To be approved, your comments should be civil.

stop icon A few things we do not tolerate: comments that promote discrimination, prejudice, racism, or xenophobia, as well as personal attacks or profanity. We screen submissions in order to create a space where the entire Freedom United community feels safe to express and exchange thoughtful opinions.

Notify of
Most Voted
Newest Oldest
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
3 years ago

Live-in domestic workers need to not only not be exploited, but should also have a right to working time limits during the day, right to recreation, right to internet, just as any other workers have.

What is even worse is that in many countries children work as live-in domestic workers.

3 years ago

Well in Uk is not that different. Besides the obvious injustice, it is the sinister plan behind this plandemia what is destroying our society. Please wake up and stand up.

This week

Workers’ complaint filed against Saudia Arabia amid FIFA World Cup bid

AP News reports that a coalition of trade unions has lodged a formal complaint against Saudi Arabia, accusing the nation of severe human rights abuses. The complaint, submitted to the International Labor Organization (ILO), alleges mistreatment and wage theft affecting over 21,000 migrant workers over the past decade. This comes as FIFA prepares to finalize Saudi Arabia as the host of the 2034 World Cup. Building and Wood Workers’ International

| Wednesday June 5, 2024

Read more