Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Letters

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Humane treatment for Filipina workers in Gulf region

In response to the July 19 article, "Gulf region's newest pipeline: human trafficking": It is unfortunate to read about some Gulf states' treatment of Filipina workers.

While living in Geneva in the late 1990s, I met some Filipinas who had escaped from their employers in the Gulf region. Their stories were heart-rending. These women were educated, decent, loyal, and hardworking people who only wanted to provide the best for their families.

The Gulf region should seriously address human trafficking and prosecute abusive employers. It would be good to try to prevent this practice from the supply side as well.

Given that this has become the reality of our global economy, there should be an international convention that mandates countries to abide by principles of humane treatment of overseas workers. Roquena R. Domingo Washington

Use flights to relax and be disconnected

Responding to the July 19 article, "Can we talk? The cellphone debate at 35,000 feet": I sincerely hope that common sense will prevail concerning using a cellphone while in flight.

As a frequent flier on several airlines, I find the few-hour flight a respite from the office being able to reach me, which allows me to catch up on reading and work e-mail - thanks to my laptop. And sometimes, yes, the flight is just a break in the action.

I abhor the idea of sitting trapped next to someone yammering away on their phone while I try to concentrate on a book or work or even just listen to music in relative quiet.

Cellphone usage makes private conversations public because users seem to think their conversations are so important that they have to take place now, not later when at least a little more privacy is obtained. David P. Smolik Fullerton, Calif.

I enjoyed the recent article on cellphones in planes, which discussed the annoyance many people express about other people's public conversations.

I couldn't help recalling a remark made by a friend of mine: "It's not the talking that bothers them, it's the fact that they can't hear the other end of the conversation! …

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