Almaz's Story - Migrant Worker Trafficked from Ethiopia to Saudi Arabia

Meet Almaz… Almaz comes from Ethiopia. When she was 22 years old, she left her hometown in the Bale Mountains in the hope of providing a better life for herself and her family. Sadly, like many migrant workers she instead became a victim of human trafficking. 

Almaz was brought to Riyadh in Saudi Arabia by an agent. She went willingly, promised a well-paying job which would allow her to make enough money for herself and (more importantly) to send home to her mother. However, on arrival, her passport was confiscated and she faced both physical and sexual abuse at the hands of her employer.

Almaz became paralysed after falling out of a window whilst working. She returned to Ethiopia, where we interviewed her at a women’s refuge. Almaz was never paid. She remains in debt to the agent who brought her to Saudi Arabia.

Almaz was commissioned by PositiveNegatives and published on the BBC website (30 September 2014).

Discussion Points

  1. What are your initial reflections on Almaz’s story?

  2. Does Almaz’s story differ from what you thought or heard in the media?

  3. How do you think Almaz has been affected by her ordeal?

  4. What would you do if you found yourself in Almaz’s situation?

  5. What can governments do to protect domestic migrant workers who become victims of human trafficking? Did you know that an estimated 45.8 million people end up in some form of human slavery worldwide? (Global Slavery Index 2016)

  6. What do you think it is like to be trapped and abused in a foreign country you’ve never visited before?

  7. What is different for migrant domestic workers in the UK?

  8. How does the media present migrant workers?

  9. What can we do to help to protect migrant domestic workers?

  10. How are you different, and similar to Almaz?



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