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The ‘online slave market’ aided by Silicon Valley

Women in Kuwait are being bought and sold on apps available on the most popular online platforms. Experts call it an ‘online slave market’ supported by Silicon Valley companies.

Women in Kuwait are being bought and sold on apps available on the most popular online platforms. Experts call it an ‘online slave market’ - supported by Silicon Valley companies.
BBC News Arabic has gone undercover to expose the users who buy and sell domestic workers.

The traffickers repeatedly break Kuwaiti law - using racist language as part of their sales pitch, confiscating their domestic worker’s passports, withholding their salaries and making the women work excessive hours.

Our investigation found that despite the human rights violations, the apps were still available on major platforms. Since news of the scandal broke, has anything changed?

Presenter: Jonathan Griffin

Reporter: Jess Kelly

Picture: Credit: BBC

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Sun 1 Dec 2019 22:32GMT

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