LO leader: ‘Scrap au pair system’

The leader of Norway’s largest trade union confederation, LO, wants to do away with the country’s “au pair” system that’s intended to be a cultural exchange program. Most au pair, however, are young women from abroad, and LO’s Gerd Kristiansen claims the system allows for their exploitation by host families who expect them to work in […]

Platou millionaire faces charges over au pair contracts

A wealthy Norwegian businessman who reportedly has a fortune of at least NOK 148 million (around USD 20 million) has been charged by police for supplying authorities with incorrect information regarding contracts for two au pairs from the Philippines who were working in his home. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported they were paid the equivalent of NOK 41 (USD […]

Man sent to jail for raping two au pair

An appeals court in Stavanger sentenced a 46-year-old Norwegian man to seven-and-a-half years in prison on Wednesday, for engaging in human trafficking and the sexual assault of two women from the Philippines who were brought to Norway as au pair. He continues to deny guilt. His sentence is in line with that demanded by prosecutors […]

Man convicted of human trafficking in au pair rape case

A court in Stavanger has convicted a 45-year-old Norwegian man of human trafficking, after declaring that the lives of two 22-year-old au pairs from the Philippines could be compared to those of a sex slave. They lived and worked in his family’s home, where he subjected them to rape and other forms of sexual abuse. […]

Couple cleared of exploiting au pairs

A court in Oslo has acquitted a couple charged with exploiting two au pairs from the Philippines and forcing them to work up to 96 hours a week in their home and at a grocery store they ran. News bureau NTB reported that the court found there was no evidence that the au pairs were […]

Au pair exploitation goes on trial

Two trials currently underway in  Oslo point up the serious exploitation faced by many au pairs and other labour migrants who travel to Norway, many of them from the Philippines. Officials at the Au Pair Center, a support organization in Oslo, hope some tough convictions will get other host families to treat their au pairs and […]

Legal group calls for Norway’s withdrawal from ‘au pair’ system

An independent organization that offers legal aid to women in Norway is proposing withdrawal from the international au pair system that brings many young foreign women to Norway under the premise of cultural exchange. The organization (Juridisk rådgivning for kvinner, JURK) fears that too many end up working as poorly paid domestic help and are vulnerable to abuse. […]

Couple charged with au pair abuse

A Norwegian couple living on Oslo’s affluent west side has been charged with exploiting and sexually abusing two young women from the Philippines, who came to Norway on au pair contracts. The case points up the lack of protection many au pairs can face in Norway. Newspaper VG reported Sunday that the two Filipina women […]