Why Slavery? Maid in Hell gives unprecedented access to a frightening and brutal form of modern-day slavery. Migrant women from around the world are hired as domestic helpers in the Middle East, but are unpaid and held captive by their employers — unable to change jobs or leave the country without their boss’s permission. With their passports confiscated, travel is impossible, and any attempt to leave their jobs can result in harsh punishment or imprisonment.
  
Every year, thousands of women from poorer countries in Africa and Asia travel to the Middle East seeking employment as domestic helpers. And every year thousands return home with horrifying accounts. Deceived into thinking they would earn a salary to support families back home, many are paid nothing. 18-hour work days are a commonplace reality.  Many face harassment, abuse, or rape.

Following employment agents who vividly describe the trade, as well as maids who struggle to find a way home after harrowing, and sometimes, life-threatening experiences, Why Slavery? Maid in Hell exposes the grotesque reality faced by women each day.

About Why Slavery?
Why Slavery? is a series of ground-breaking documentary films investigating why slavery remains so endemic in the 21st Century. The Passionate Eye will broadcast two films in the series, Maid in Hell and North Korea’s Secret Slaves.

 

Credits (Click to expand)

Director

Søren Klovborg

Producer

Mette Heide

Editor

Nicholas Biagetti

Camera

Mads Nielsen

Morten Krüger

Henrik Bohn Ipsen

Peter Murimi

Mathias Vejen

Lau Kræn Svensson

Fixer

Collins Odhiambo

Composer

Jonas Colstrup

Sound Design

Henrik Gugge Garnov

Graphic Design

Nicholas Biagetti

Online and grade

Kong Gulerod

Consultant

Steen Jensen

EU-funding

Erlend Indseth

Coordinators

Jacob Utzon

Anton Lisner

Produced by Plus Pictures for The Why Foundation

In Co-production with  

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Mandy Chang, Executive Producer

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

Sandra Kleinfeld, Senior Director for Documentary

Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR)

Anders Bruus, Commissioning Editor

Vereniging De Evangelische Omroep (EO)

Margje De Koning , Chief Commissioning Editor

Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK)

Yoko Imai, Senior Producer, International Co-production

Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK)

Carina Bordewich, Commissioning Editor

Sveriges Television AB (SVT)

Axel Arnö, Commissioning Editor

Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF)

& Radio Television Suisse (RTS)

Daniel Punter & Irene Challand, Commissioning Editor

In Association with

Against Gravity

BHRT

Czech TV

ERR

YLE

LRT

RUV

TV3

UR

YES/DBS

Co-funded by

Creative Europe MEDIA TV-programming of the European Union

Further support from

DANIDA

The Open University

Nordvision

Academic Consultants for The Open University

Dr Avi Boukli

Prof Helen Yanacopulos

The Why

Executive Producers

Mette Hoffmann Meyer

Nick Fraser

Producers

Charlotte Meyer

Christina Roed

Technical Producer

Anders Christensen, Kong Gulerod Film

Consulting Producers

Kim Christiansen, DR

Kate Kennedy, Anti-Slavery Executive

Neil Tabatznik

2DF

Arte

BBC

CBC

A BBC Open University Partnership

DR

EO

NHK

NK

SVT

SRF

RTS

Creative Europe MEDIA

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Plus Pictures

The Why Foundation