After the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case unfolded earlier this year, international media attention turned to the plight of domestic workers.
Now that attention is shifting to Saudi Arabia and Indonesia.
After years of physical abuse and underpayment from Hong Kong to Saudi Arabia, the Indonesian Labor Ministry has finally moved to protect its international migrant domestic workers from abuses.
This August, the ministry will impose a moratorium on sending workers to Saudi Arabia, Labor Minister Muhaimin Iskandar told Agence France-Presse.
The move comes after the Saudi government beheaded domestic worker Ruyati Sapubi, 54, after she was convicted of killing her Saudi employer. The Saudi government did not inform the Indonesian government of the incident, preventing Sapubi's government from intervening in the trial or ensuring fairness.
Sapubi was beheaded by sword.