Female migrant worker in Dubai sexually abused, Assailant to be deported

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An Egyptian manager in Dubai is alleged to have sexually harassed a female worker after pressuring her to stay after-hours. The man is being accused of sexually assaulting and slapping the woman. Before committing the alleged assault, he claims that he asked her to stay behind after work to discuss work-related issues, reports the Khaleej Times.

According to the public prosecutor, the 29-year-old manager pressured the Filipina by moving his body closer towards her in the office, asking her if she liked him, before slapping her on the face. The assault was accompanied by a recorded conversation showing the man claim that she must like him because she searched for his Facebook profile.  The man denied these chains of events and claimed instead that he slapped her in response to a refusal on her part to follow orders after a customer complaint.

"She then raised her voice, telling me that it was none of my business. That irritated me and I slapped her on her face" he said. The claim, however, contradicted the voice recording that the women had in court. 

The court ordered for the man to be imprisoned and subsequently deported after finishing his sentence. But many other survivors of sexual assault, particularly migrant workers from Tanzania, South Asia, and South-east Asia don't receive that kind of justice in Gulf countries.

According to a report released by Human Rights Watch, over 19 Tanzanian domestic workers labouring in the UAE and Oman "described employers and other male members of the household sexually harassing and assaulting them, including groping them while they worked". Another report released by Human Rights Watch in 2014 documented that Filipina, Indonesian, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Ethiopian women working in the UAE claimed to deal with "psychological, physical, and sexual abuse." It is often the case that for those employers who are caught raping female workers, no jail time is prescribed for them. Notoriously in 2015, one Saudi Arabian wife who recorded her husband assaulting an Indonesian domestic worker found herself facing one year in prison for "defaming" her husband. 

In most Gulf countries there is, as of yet, no legislation protecting female migrant workers from sexual assault.