The Persistence of Private Power: Sacrificing Rights for Wages (South Africa, Live-In Domestic Workers)

Live-in domestic workers in South Africa frequently find themselves in the intractable position of having to forego their rights in order to retain their jobs. In an industry that is historically underpinned by racism, sexism and classism, rights to privacy, freedom of movement and children’s right to parental care are frequently sacrificed for wages and stable work. This study provides a qualitative exploration of the broader constitutional and human rights violations of domestic workers who live on their employer’s premises.

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