Class Notes (809,569)
Canada (493,754)
Criminology (2,414)
CRM2307 (95)

Week 11.docx

10 Pages
Unlock Document

University of Ottawa
Christine Bruckert

Week 10 - Violence against "othered" workers Protest in Rabat, Morocco - Amina Filali • Rape very serious here • If the man marries the women he isnt charged • Idea behind law is to protect the womens honor • Amina raped at 15 at knife point • Father wanted to press charges • The court recommended to arrange marriage • Wife pressured him becasue she didnt think the daughter wouldnt have a happy life, excluded, etc • Amina did marry the rapist • Physically and sexually assualted • Commited suicide by rat poison • Women fighting to have law overturned "We are all Amina's" Class Action Law Suit - Janet Merlo (representative plaintiff) • She's now out of RCMP so they cant hurt her now • Standing up for other women • Everytime she complained she was told to put up with it or if it went forward it was dismissed • Wasnt taken seriously and had an unsafe work enviroment Appeal Court Decision in Bedford (March 26, 2012) • Ruled that 210 (body house law) is unconstitutional, puts sex workers at risk because they cant work in there own home • Goverment has months to write new law • 212: Anyone who lives on a sex worker money, body guards, etc are able to be charged • Now its living off the avails exploitedly • Step in the right direction • 213 (communicating law) - staying, social nuisance wins • Thrown the street based workers are the most vulnerable and they just throw them to the wolves Violence against workers in/from the Global South • Speaks to relations of power o Not just gendered o Also racial, etc • Physcial, sexual, economic, psychological, verbal violence • Is supported/ facilitated by broader discourses and practices (context) • Draws the divisions between women into sharp relief and highlights the significance or class, racialization and citizenship Domestic Workers • Marginalized women/ populations • Its the women that said get out of the kitchen get out of the nursery that abuse the women cleaning their houses Case Study: Anita Ortega From "Hidden in the Home" • 40 year old Guatemalan woman employed in US as domestic • Verbally promised 300$ a month and room and board • No one explained rights to her before she came, signed contract right away • All household chores, cooking, caring for kids, etc • 6am-5:30pm • Sun was day off but still had to cook, and the kids still asked for her • Asked for a raise, said he couldnt pay her more, threatened to send her back to her country • Earned 1.74$ an hour, 35% of min wage • She never left the house alone • Confiscated her passport • Wasnt allowed to leave for anything • Became afraid because wife told her people would hurt her • Wasnt allowed to talk to anyone when they took her out with her, wasnt allowed on the phone • Asked to leave on sunday • Wasnt allowed a key, when she was sick had to stay in because she couldnt have a key to get back in • Wasnt allowed to see doctor • Sexually touched by employer, forced to watch porn • She explained she is a single mother of 2 daughters, cant afford to take care of them and thats why she never left • Didnt know anything about lawyers so couldnt do anything, had no where to turn What forms of abuse? -economic -sexual -neglect -pyschological -intimidation Domestic Workers in Canada Some issues that emerge • Economic explotation o Working without days off o Below min wage o I can have you deported • Denied labour rights • Isolated • Movements controlled • Fear exploited o Told they can be arrested if they dont have their passports (taken from them) • Unsafe work enviroments o Not allowed to go to the doctors • Sexual and physical assault • Verbal abuse o Children model parents behaviour o Wear them down • Note:abuse most pronounced in live-in situations • Dangerous because of chemicals (cleaning products) Live-in care giver program • Live in establishment, on site, take care of house and children • Approximately 150,000 women • Predominantly from the Philippians • Abuse common: in 2010 Alberta government study -74% • Bring in qualifyed workers when there are not enough canadians to fill the jobs • Live with them for 2 years • Qualifyed: o High school diploma o Six months of professional training o English or french o Contract from employer • Many women that come are supporting families and hope to bring them over eventually • Charged by employment agenies to find them contracts • Now after 6 months they can move, the still have to be in a live-in si
More Less

Related notes for CRM2307

Log In


Don't have an account?

Join OneClass

Access over 10 million pages of study
documents for 1.3 million courses.

Sign up

Join to view


By registering, I agree to the Terms and Privacy Policies
Already have an account?
Just a few more details

So we can recommend you notes for your school.

Reset Password

Please enter below the email address you registered with and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Add your courses

Get notes from the top students in your class.