It is so good to see that our allies are so good to their own people and to those who work for them. The following is from a story about a domestic worker who has been sentenced to death.
Varia says that because domestic workers in Saudi Arabia are not protected by labor laws, they don’t have access to training, paid leave, reasonable hours or even one day off.
“They’re not seen as real human beings,” she says.
“It is socially accepted to lock your domestic worker inside the house. There are employers who forbid their workers to make phone calls home or write letters or talk to neighbors,” says Varia, who interviewed domestic workers’ employers in Saudi Arabia. “The reason they give is that, ‘We paid a lot of money for this worker, and if I leave the door unlocked, she’ll run away.'”
The problem is so severe that the embassies of Sri Lanka, Indonesia and the Philippines in Saudi Arabia can have as many as 150 women staying in embassy shelters because of abuse suffered at the hand of their employer, says Varia