Subjected to beatings and rape, and often driven to suicide, migrant domestic workers in Lebanon are trying to form a labor union in what would be a first for the Arab world.

"We want to be treated like human beings, like real workers," said Leticia, a Filipina who was assaulted and raped by her employer several years ago.

"With this union, I will no longer feel alone in the face of abuse," she told Agence France Presse.