Drive around the streets of Kuwait and you won’t see these women. They are behind closed doors, deprived of their basic rights, unable to leave and at risk of being sold to the highest bidder. But pick up a smartphone and you can scroll through thousands of their pictures, categorised by race, and available to buy for a few thousand dollars.
Many of the workers are from sub-Saharan Africa.
Are the companies too busy with demonstrating their wokeness in the US to notice that they are facilitating online slave markets in the Middle East?
People involved with slave trade certainly have been subjects of violent protest recently. Consider these images of a statue of a 17th-century slave trader who was thrown into a river in Bristol, England.
Or is slave trading only a big deal if it involves people who have been dead for centuries?
Slavery was legal in Kuwait until 1949, and some of the neighboring countries had legal slavery though the 1960s. Will people be trampling their flags in protest of the continued widespread illicit slave trade?
Or would criticism of the continued slavery be a form of cultural imperialism?