Very few of those poor women were lucky to be able to get help from others in initiating legal action against their cruel employers and got compensation.
The latest one is reported by Kompas about an Indonesian maid in London who has been mistreated by her employer.
I hope that the Indonesian government especially its embassies around the world, would always keep their eyes and ears open on Indonesian people abroad, and give help whenever needed.
Over claim she was slapped, strip-searched and locked-up
Indonesian 'Slave' Maid Could Win 750,000 Pounds
Jumat, 23 April 2010 | 12:59 WIB
KOMPAS.com - A maid allegedly kept 'like a prisoner' while paid less than £10 a day could collect three-quarters of a million pounds from her employers, a tribunal heard yesterday.
But Yoyoh Binti Salim Udin had previously spoken highly of working for Lina and Firas Chamsi-Pasha, insisted Jonathan Goldberg QC.
She is claiming they made her work 16 hours a day for less than £200 a month and she was slapped, strip-searched and locked up by them.
Yesterday Mr Goldberg, representing the couple who deny all of her claims, was asked how much longer he intended to cross-examine her. He said he did not want to rush, adding: 'This is a claim that, if my friend succeeds, could be worth about three-quarters of a million pounds.'
Earlier, Indonesian Miss Udin was accused of being a 'shrewd woman' who was constantly changing her story.
The 39-year-old, who drank acid in an apparent suicide attempt after allegedly being accused of theft by Mrs Chamsi-Pasha, denied she had described the couple as 'excellent employers'.
Mr Goldberg suggested she had repeatedly spoken highly of them to her sister in Indonesia. She had also praised them to nurses after drinking the acid and medical notes showed her denying there was any 'ongoing problem' with her bosses.
In addition, she had said she planned to go back to work for them, the tribunal heard.
Mr Goldberg said: 'Did you tell your sister the Chamsi-Pashas were excellent employers, that you were happy and that they were good to you?'
Miss Udin replied, 'No'. When asked if she told her sister she was unhappy over the four-and-a-half years she worked in the Chamsi-Pasha's luxury London homes, she said: 'She never asked me. They would worry about me if I am treated badly.'
Referring to her treatment after the acid incident in February last year, Mr Goldberg said: 'Did you tell the psychiatric nurse you were working for the Chamsi-Pashas who were good employers?'
Miss Udin again denied this. But a medical note read by Mr Goldberg said: 'Patient states she is feeling well, regrets incident. Denies any ongoing problem with her employers, feels that it has been worked out. Believes she will return to work.'
He added: 'I suggest you are lying and changing your evidence.'
Miss Udin is suing her former employers for race discrimination, constructive dismissal, wages owed and compensation over her rights in relation to working time since she started her job in 2004.
The hearing in Central London continues.