Migrants who become domestic workers

Today we read an excerpt from the short story “The embassy of Cambodia” written by Zadie Smith. In this excerpt we meet the young girl Fatou which lives and works with an English family under some crummy conditions. She is not allowed to keep her own passport, and she has no control of her own salary. All she knows is what the Derawals told her, the english family, which was “That her wages were to be retained by the Derawals to pay for the food and water and heat she would require during her stay, as well as to cover the rent for the room she slept in.”. Fatou is refusing to acknowledge her own situation, which is that she is being taken advantage of. I agree with her that she i not a slave, however she does not have enough knowledge and education to free herself from the situation.

 

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