Domestic workers are being held as modern slaves in diplomatic households across London, where they are forced to work up to 18 hours a day, wash themselves with buckets of cold water and eat leftover food scraps from their employers, the Telegraph can reveal.
The workers, largely women from the Philippines and Indonesia, are hired by foreign diplomats via international recruitment agencies and provided with visas to live and work in the UK.
Over the past five years, London-based diplomats representing several Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian countries have subjected their domestic workers to inhumane living conditions and degrading labour abuses, according to data reviewed by the Telegraph.
These cases are “likely to be the tip of the iceberg,” experts warn.
It comes despite promises made by the government in 2015 to root out the exploitation of domestic workers in wealthy private households, including those owned by diplomatic agents.