There are an estimated 4,000 people living in modern slavery in Qatar (GSI 2018). Qatar is a destination country for men and women subjected to forced labour and, to a much lesser extent, forced prostitution. Men and women from Nepal, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, and other countries voluntarily migrate to Qatar as unskilled laborers and domestic workers, often paying illegal and exorbitant fees to unscrupulous recruiters in the labour-sending countries, thereby increasing their vulnerability to debt bondage. Some workers subsequently face conditions indicative of involuntary servitude, to include restricted movement, payment withholding, passport confiscation, exit permit retention, and threats of deportation or abuse. Individuals in Qatar sell visas to migrants and occasionally demand regular payments, enabling migrant workers to work illegally and without legal recourse against their respective sponsors, although reportedly this trend is on the decline.
DH, was arrested after the police realised she was having a relationship with her employer.
My employer treated me as if I was his wife. It felt good, no problem, he gave me what I needed ... We were in a relationship for around five months. Then one day we had a big fight because I wanted to send a laptop to the Philippines. I was packing it up to send, and had a pair of scissors in my hand. He was angry because he did not want me to send the laptop to the Philippines. He accused me of trying to hurt him with the scissors. He called the police and when they came, when they started investigating, they realized that we were in a relationship and accused me. I was arrested and went to court. I have ongoing hearings but have not yet been sentenced. I want to go home now. I don't know what happened to my employer, I don't want anything to do with him
Narrative provided by Amnesty International