Call for domestic workers' rights
10 January 2013 Last updated at 04:45 GMT
The governments of the Philippines and Indonesia are trying to improve the lives of domestic workers in the region.
Now, The International Labour Organisation is taking it one step further, calling for legal protection for such workers.
The ILO says that only 10% of the world's 52 million domestic staff have proper employment rights. The organisation believes this leaves workers vulnerable to sexual and physical abuse. The BBC's Imogen Foulkes reports.