SAMANTHA ENSLIN-PAYNE: Work that offered escape now gives little security
The recession presents another risk for the million people who work in private homes
Domestic work in the early 19th century offered poor women a stepping stone into more respectable society. That was if they headed to South Africa to work in the homes of wealthy settlers in the Cape — leaving Britain, where jobs were scarce.
This is according to the book From Servants to Workers: South African Domestic Workers and the Democratic State, by Shireen Ally.