Domestic Servitude

Domestic Servitude: when domestic workers are treated like slaves.Around the world thousands of domestic workers are treated like slaves.These ‘passport’ pages are by Artists against Slavery with The NO Project.

We have used make up to reveal the violence. In reality, a victim may use make up to cover the violence. There is a story behind a bruise.


Domestic workers, both male and female, are behind closed doors, abused, starved, locked up, unpaid. Isolated from their family, often in a foreign country they are terrified, they are alone and they have no idea that they are victims of a crime.

In most countries it is illegal for an employer to keep the passport of an employee without his/her consent. This is often the first action that an employer will take. By with-holding the passport of a domestic worker, the employer has taken away the employees ability to move/leave freely.

Freedom is further restricted when payment starts to go down or disappear completely. By not paying the employee, the employer is violating the contract/agreement and is now exploiting the worker for financial purposes. PROFIT. At times, the worker may be forced to stay in the house, behind a locked door – which is extremely dangerous in terms of safety. They may be abused physically and/or psychologically. All this behind closed doors

Learn about Kalayaan based in the UK fighting for the rights of Domestic workers and responding to the needs to people who have been in abusive domestic work situations.

Please click here to find out more about Domestic Servitude and to view a deeply moving short documentary by Pete Pattison. 

Watch this video from the amazing global campaign 

Now read this true story and look at the two ‘passports’ created by artists with THE NO PROJECT, for our installation FREE ME.







Published by The NO Project