End Horrific Physical and Sexual Abuse of Domestic Workers By Their Employers

Target: Mr. Yasonna Laoly, Minister of Law and Human Rights of Indonesia

Goal: Implement measures to protect the rights and safety of domestic workers across Indonesia.

An alarming case of abuse and exploitation has come to light, shedding light on the dire need for enhanced protection of domestic workers in Indonesia. Siti Khotimah, a 24-year-old woman from Central Java, sought employment as a domestic worker in Jakarta to assist her family. She reportedly endured months of torment at the hands of her employer, leaving her physically and emotionally scarred.

Khotimah’s ordeal reportedly includes distressing accounts of being beaten, forced to consume animal waste, and even being chained to a dog cage. The scars of her reported abuse are evident, with visible burn marks and a noticeable limp as a result of the apparent violence she endured. Her traumatic experience reportedly extends to incidents of sexual abuse.

Khotimah’s employer, a wealthy 70-year-old woman from south Jakarta, was recently sentenced to four years in prison for physical abuse, along with other family members deemed involved. However, similar abuse continues throughout Indonesia. Sign below and demand prompt action to protect these innocent workers.


Dear Mr. Yasonna Laoly,

We write to express our deep concern and outrage regarding the abuse and exploitation of domestic workers in Indonesia, exemplified by the case of Siti Khotimah. We implore you to use this case as a catalyst for change.

It is imperative to implement robust legal protections for domestic workers, encompassing comprehensive regulations that safeguard their rights, dignity, and safety. By establishing clear and enforceable laws, Indonesia can pave the way for a society that values the contributions of domestic workers while ensuring they are treated with respect and fairness.

We call upon you to take a proactive role in advocating for the rights of domestic workers and to collaborate with relevant stakeholders to develop and implement effective measures. By doing so, you can contribute to eradicating the cycle of abuse that persists due to the lack of proper legal safeguards.


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