A migrant worker in Lebanon who says she suffered violent abuse and was forced to work for years without pay is hoping for justice as a trial against her former employer begins.

A Beirut court hosted a preliminary hearing on Thursday, and the case will be heard again on March 31.

Meseret Hailu Deneke, 37, who returned to her native Ethiopia in 2019, is filing a criminal lawsuit against her former employer, May Saadeh, 49, as well as the Lebanese recruitment agency that brought her to Lebanon. Ms Saadeh appeared in court on Thursday, but representatives from the agency did not.