Susan Meiselas - Costly Dream
Increasing numbers of poor women in countries such as the Phillipines and Indonesia are migrating, often leaving behind their families, to become live-in domestic workers in wealthier nations such as Singapore, Malaysia and in the Middle East. In Costly Dream, Susan Meiselas documents the journey of Indonesian women migrating to a training centre then live-in domestic work in Singapore.
Commentary is by Nisha Varia of Human Rights Watch who conducted hundreds of interviews with women like these; their families, employers and government and private agencies facilitating the flow of workers. While some fulfill their dream of honest work and honest pay to eventually take back to their families, many are subject to rape, physical abuse and slave-like working conditions within the training centres and in the homes of their employers. Susan Meiselas is a member of international photography agency Magnum. Presented by Lowepro.