Penalties for Mistreating Househelp

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In Zambia, domestic workers and their employers may be monitored if a new bill is passed. . .

A possible new law proposes that those who mistreat domestic workers could face a three-year term and penalties. The bill would put abusers behind bars for two years.  The brainchild of the proposal is Taita Taveta County Women MP, Ms. Joyce Lay. It does not allow an employer or member of the employer’s family to hold a worker as a slave or servant or forced laborer. . . no actions will be allowed that degrades the dignity of the worker. It is called the Domestic Workers Bill and is before the Budget and Appropriation Committee.  It might even require employers to provide meals for workers.

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