In­done­sian Do­mes­tic Worker Claims Her Kid­ney Was ‘Stolen’ While in Qatar

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Twenty-five-year- old In­done­sian woman Sri Rabitah told The Tele­graph early last week that she dis­cov­ered her kid­ney was stolen with­out her knowl­edge while she lived in Qatar, em­ployed as a do­mes­tic worker three years ago.

When she went back to her home is­land of Lom­bok ear­lier this year, Rabitah went to the hospi­tal to get a med­i­cal checkup after com­plain­ing of re­cur­ring back pain. She was sur­prised to hear the doc­tors say one of her kid­neys was ac­tu­ally miss­ing. Like mil­lions of other In­done­sian women, Rabitah ap­plied for work abroad as a do­mes­tic worker. Al­though she ap­plied to work for a fam­ily in

Abu Dhabi, she ended up work­ing for a Pales­tinian fam­ily in Doha.

She was sur­prised when her em­ploy­ers asked her to get a med­i­cal checkup. She was even more sur­prised when she was told she was go­ing to be placed un­der anaes­the­sia and would be re­ceiv­ing an in­jec­tion be­cause she was feel­ing weak.

The In­done­sian told Detik that she woke up in pain and dis­cov­ered an in­ci­sion scar, an ex­pla­na­tion for which was never dis­closed or ex­plained to her.

For­eign min­istry of­fi­cer Muham­mad Iqbal said Rabitah’s case needed ur­gent in­ves­ti­ga­tion as it was clearly an in­di­ca­tion of or­gan traf­fick­ing. The min­is­ter em­pha­sized the wide­spread abuse of In­done­sia’s 4.5 mil­lion mi­grant work­ers, the ma­jor­ity of whom are women work­ing as in-house maids in other coun­tries. Rabitah said she wants the In­done­sian gov­ern­ment to sue her per­pe­tra­tor.

De­spite the gov­ern­ment’s an­nounce­ment in May of 2015 related to per­ma­nently ban­ning women from work­ing as maids in the Mid­dle East, many women still in­sist on leav­ing the ar­chi­pel­ago and find­ing work abroad.

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