We read about the Indian diplomat in the US who was convicted of torturing her maid by making her work for 16 hrs a day with a salary of $108 per month, seizing her documents, not permitting her to telephone her family, and depriving her of food causing her to lose 28 kilos in three years. The maid was awarded $1.5 million as compensation.
“Damn straight!” you say. This is how justice should work. Open and shut no? Well, you underestimate our Internet folk. The TOI had this gem of a comment by a woman:
They naturally calculated in Indian rupees. And you are not taking into account visa fees, flight expenses and the additionals — cost to the family would be more. Plus she becomes your responsibility in a foreign country. With work, kids and the works already taking up time, one naturally wants to be cautious with this ‘freedom’ aspect.
Oh snap – the freedom aspect. Jeez I didn’t even think of that!