Domestic work has been a constant part of millions of women's lives around the world. This is especially true for low-status females. Female subjugation, slavery, colonialism, and other forms of servitude, have always been features of this work. In contemporary society, care work at home is vital for the wider economy. Expanding economies during the last 20 years created an increase in demand for care work. The use of women in the labor force, aging of societies, and the failure of public policy and legal frameworks to ensure a harmony between family life and work reinforces societal need for domestic workers.

Domestic work is carried out within the family, by family members or by other people outside of relatives. Although there is no fundamental distinction between ...

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