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A Kenyan domestic worker who escaped her Saudi “employers” in Irvine, California made the news today, but before stepping onto U.S. soil she was just one of an estimated one million foreign workers employed in domestic work in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia, like other Gulf States, draws large numbers of migrants from nearby East Africa and South Asia. Those migrants often find themselves unprotected by local laws and exploited by the powerful elites for whom they work.

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