Visa changes put domestic workers at risk of abuse
Emily Dugan is social affairs correspondent for The Independent, i and Independent on Sunday, covering Sarah Cassidy’s maternity leave. She was previously a news reporter for The Independent on Sunday. Her investigations into human trafficking have twice been awarded Best Investigative Article at the Anti-Slavery Day Media Awards and her human rights journalism was shortlisted for the Gaby Rado Memorial prize at the 2012 Amnesty Media Awards.
Sunday 04 March 2012
Domestic workers coming to the UK from overseas will be more vulnerable to abuse in future, campaigners say, after changes to immigration rules that allowed David Cameron's nanny to escape from her previous boss.
More than half of the 93 people – mostly women – who were rescued last year after being trafficked into the country for domestic work managed to transfer to a new employer. The new rules will make this impossible.
Jenny Moss from Kalayaan, the charity used by the Cameron family, said: "Without the ability to change employer it will be impossible for domestic workers to challenge abuse because as soon as they flee an employer they will lose their immigration status. Rather than the perpetrator of abuse being penalised, the domestic worker will be."
A No 10 spokesman said: "It's a private matter. The Government is committed to making the immigration system fairer."
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