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Shocking images of abused maid sparks calls for labor law overhaul in Morocco

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Morocco’s Public Prosecutor’s office has ordered an investigation after shocking images emerged of the abuse inflicted on a domestic worker on the hands of her employer in Casablanca, state news agency MAP on Wednesday.

Amina Khalid, a local activist and member of the human rights NGO INSAF, told Morocco World News website that the 22-year-old maid was subjected to “abominable aggression by her employer, resulting in burns and bruises all over the body”.

The maid, identified only by local media as Latifah from the southeastern village of Zagora, was severely abused by her female employer that she fell into a coma and was taken to the hospital.

The incident, which some described as a “crime against humanity”, has sparked anger on social media in Morocco where most of the comments demanding the most severe criminal punishments be imposed on the employers involved.

Many others are also calling on authorities to review regulations on employment of domestic workers in the country and their rights be protected.