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US cracks down on diplomat labor

INDIAN OUTAGE:The responses from Italy and Taiwan after the US detained its diplomats were subdued, but India has taken more action over Devyani Khobragade

AFP, WASHINGTON

In an extreme case, a US judge last year ordered that a New York-based Indian diplomat and her husband, Neena and Jogesh Malhotra, pay nearly US$1.5 million to a maid.

Prarthana Gurung of Adhikaar, a New York-based group that supports Nepali-speaking workers, said many workers are unaware of their rights in the US and have little recourse as their employers take away their personal documents.

“We want to make sure everybody understands that when you bring someone over, you should be treating them in a way that is humane and in line with the labor laws here,” she said.

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