KUWAIT CITY, April 10: "She has no heart and she treated me like an animal," cried the Filipina household service worker (HSW) whose photo with bruises and hematoma has gone viral on the social networking site Facebook. E S, 34, separated with four kids and a native of Tacurong, Sultan Kudarat in Southern Philippines who escaped from her employers' house on April 7 is now under the custody of the Philippine Embassy and staying temporarily at the Filipino Workers Resource Centre after allegedly suffering from severe maltreatment in the hands of her Kuwaiti lady employer.
The treatment of migrant workers in Saudi Arabia especially domestic workers or maids has been a long standing issue. More migrant workers are executed in Saudi Arabia than in any other country. According to human rights groups, more than 45 Indonesian women are on death row.
KUWAIT CITY, March 29: A Sri Lankan housemaid tried to commit suicide inside her sponsor’s house at Mangaf after taking an unspecified quantity of medicine. The Kuwaiti woman sponsor was surprised when she went to the maid's room and found her unconscious on the floor.
MANILA - A Filipino maid is undergoing a psychological test at a hospital in Kuwait City after she was caught running naked on the street of Al-Oyoun, reports reaching radio stations in Manila said.
MUSCAT (Reuters)- Thousands of South Asian laborers working on the expansion of Muscat airport downed tools on Tuesday in a rare strike to demand better safety conditions after a worker died in an accident, a company official and workers said.
MENAFN – Arab Times) An Ethiopian housemaid delivered a baby in the kitchen of her sponsor’s house in Qurtoba.
The Kuwaiti sponsor of the housemaid called the Operations Room and reported the incident when she found the new born inside the kitchen.
KUWAIT CITY, March 11: A Nepali housemaid, accompanied by a lawyer from her embassy, has filed a complaint with the Salwa Police Station accusing her sponsor (a well-known actor) and his wife of torturing her, reports Al-Shahed daily.
Saudi Arabia and Indonesia have agreed to end a two-year-old dispute that led to a decision by Jakarta to stop sending maids to the Gulf Kingdom, the region’s largest base for Asian domestic servants, a local daily has reported.
Sri Lanka will gradually stop allowing women going to Saudi Arabia to be housemaids after a Sri Lankan was executed in the country over the death of an infant in her care, the Colombo government said on Thursday.
Zeini Kadir escaped at dawn, when the gates of the house in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, were open for morning prayers. Barefoot, she ended up at an agency catering to Ethiopian workers like her.
A food poisoning outbreak affected 300 employees of Petroleum Development Oman's (PDO) at the Qarn Alam Permanent Accommodation Camp on Monday. The victims reported to the camp’s clinic, mostly with a mild to moderate infection. The food poisoning patients were taken to the Nizwa Referral Hospital.
Saudi Arabia's execution Wednesday of a Sri Lankan maid, charged at age 17 with killing a baby left in her care, highlights the often abysmal conditions faced by hundreds of thousands of foreigners who come to the kingdom to serve as drivers, maids, and gardeners.
A sword-wielding executioner carried out the death sentence on Rizana Nafeek in the town of Dawadmy, near Riyadh, just hours after the country's Interior Ministry ratified the court verdict against her.
Saudi Arabia drew widespread censure today as it ignored personal pleas from the Sri Lankan President and executed a migrant worker for the death of a baby in her care, despite her being a minor at the time of the crime.
Sri Lankan nationals seeking jobs in Oman will now have to undergo electronic fingerprinting and biometric scanning prior to their departure. The move aims at cracking down on rampant fraud and other irregularities in the recruitment process, a senior official of the Sri Lankan Embassy, Muscat, said.
Recent legal moves by the governments of Ethiopia, Indonesia and the Philippines to protect their nationals working in the Persian Gulf Arab states point to this harrowing fact: the Arab slave trade in foreign workers is alive and well.
Sri Lanka announced yesterday its plans to reduce the deployment of housemaids in the Middle East, including in the Kingdom.The Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE), which is the statutory body set up to look after the welfare of the country’s overseas workers, aims to reduce women migrating overseas to work as domestic aides by 80 to 90 percent by 2020.
(MENAFN - Arab Times) An Asian housemaid gave birth to an illegitimate child in her sponsor's house recently. According to security sources, when securitymen received information that a housemaid delivered an illegitimate child and was transferred to the hospital, a case was registered for investigations.
Generally, few cases of rape or abuse emerge from North Africa, but this month an AFP piece evidenced that the conditions domestic workers face in Morocco approximate those in the wider Mideast. Filipina workers chronicled their experiences of violence, sexual exploitation, and effective slavery at a conference organized by the Democratic Organization of Labor.
A Filipina housemaid in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is in danger of facing the death sentence after being accused of sexually abusing her sponsor's children. The Filipina was arrested after her sponsor claimed that she abused his children, including his one-year-old daughter, according to a report of the news site Gulf News.
A 25-year-old Bangladeshi worker killed his friend by stabbing him in his chest and stomach several times while he was asleep in illness. The convict killed him in his accommodation in Al Quoz over Dh6,000 theft issue.
Muscat: The salaries of most expatriate workers have not increased during the last five years as major corporate houses continue to cut costs to make room for employing new Omani graduates. With the government pushing for the mass employment of Omani nationals in the private sector, companies now feel obliged to recruit local graduates at the expense of the expatriates.
Muscat: Bangladesh values its friendly relations with Oman and attaches special priority to extending further cooperation in many unexplored fields, Bangladesh's outgoing ambassador Nurul Alam Chowdhury said.
Kuwait City : International Drug Control Department affiliated to Directorate General for Drug Control arrested two Asian expatriates recently for possession of one-kilogram pack and five rolls of marijuana drug, 200 grams of heroin, 50 grams of ‘Shabu’, 20 grams of hashish and 3,000 narcotic pills and a sensitive weighing scale.
The body of a young Sri Lankan woman who died while trying to save an Arab toddler from drowning at Fujeirah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) earlier this month continues to remain in a morgue in that country as officials sort out bureaucratic procedures, a senior official with the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLFEB) said today.
A housemaid who detained her Emirati employer inside a room and robbed her has been sentenced to three years in prison. Arabic dailies reported that the incident came to light when the national woman filed a complaint saying her Asian housemaid had locked her up inside a room and fled taking Dh11,000.
KUWAIT CITY, Oct 24: The Jahra police are looking for two unidentified persons for kidnapping and raping a maid, reports Al-Rai daily.
According to reports the incident happened in Qairawan when the maid stepped out of the house to throw garbage in a bin.
KUWAIT CITY, Oct 22: A Filipina who accidentally fell off the second floor on Oct 17 of the building of her employer’s flat sustained fracture on her left leg and hipbone, bruises on her face, ruptured lower lip and lost six of her teeth during the fall. Adding more to her misfortune, her lady employer allegedly has not paid her KD 50 monthly salary for two years now. Filipina Household Service Workers in Kuwait are currently getting KD 80 to KD 85 monthly salary.
KUWAIT CITY, Aug 15: A Filipina Household Service Worker (HSW) who escaped from her employer’s house in Sabahiya on July 17 due to overwork and lack of sleep ended up being sold to a Bangladeshi pimp and was forced to work in a brothel in Jleeb Al Shuyoukh.
One of the most critical issues confronting the foreign labor force in Saudi Arabia is the phenomenon of so-called runaway maids. Published figures show that 89 percent of Saudi households have at least one maid which brings the total number of housemaids in the Kingdom, based on unconfirmed estimates, to over 1.5 million. Of these, more than 80 daily and more than 20,000 annually are said to run away from their employers.
DUBAI: The Dubai Public Prosecution referred three cases to the criminal court. In the first case, the prosecution charged a maid with stealing $5,000 from her employer’s house and giving the money to a cook who worked in the same house.
Dear Badrya, On Sept 13, 2012, at around 7pm, I received a telephonic message from my home that my mother who lived in Pakistan has passed away. I got 15 days’ worth of emergency leave from my company, bought an air ticket and went to the Kuwait airport to board the flight.
KUWAIT CITY, Oct 10: An unidentified Indonesian housemaid died inside the Jahra Hospital after suffering for 18 months, reports Al-Watan Arabic daily.
According to reliable sources the victim was brutally beaten by the son of her Saudi sponsor and since then had been admitted to the hospital.
KUWAIT CITY, Oct 12: The Filipina who was allegedly raped and stabbed several times on the neck and back on Oct 1 by a lance corporal at the Kuwait General Traffic Department was discharged on Thursday from the Mubarak Al-Kabeer Hospital after being confined there for 10 days.
An Indonesian worker who allegedly fell victim to inhumane treatment by her Saudi Arabian employer returned to her hometown in East Java on Monday, after spending more than one week at a Jakarta hospital.
An Asian housemaid in Yanbu was arrested after she allegedly decapitated the 4-year-old daughter of her employer with a cleaver on Wednesday. The parents were at work at the time the alleged crime took place.
KUWAIT CITY, July 26: A group of Islamic preachers claimed that churches should not be built in Islamic countries particularly in the Arabian Peninsula following the issuance of an approval for constructing a church in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh, reports Al-Watan Arabic daily.
The recent unsuccessful story in Ethiopia has related with the highest influx of economic migrants to the Gulf Cooperation Council countries (GCC). The Gulf Cooperation Council countries comprise Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain.
Muscat: The crackdown against illegal residents in Oman is continuing with the Manpower Ministry, acting in coordination with the Royal Oman Police (ROP), arresting 282 expatriate workers last week for violating the country’s residency laws.
(MENAFN - Arab News) Indonesian Minister of Manpower & Transmigration Muhaimin Iskandar will be arriving in the Kingdom in 10 days at the head of a delegation to sign a final agreement for the return of Indonesian manpower to the Kingdom, reported the Dammam-based Al-Sharq newspaper yesterday quoting informed sources.
Abdallah Al Rowaished is a popular Arab singer from Kuwait. His songs have inspired many till date. An Indonesian maid who was working in Kuwait is the latest fan who has gained immense inspiration and confidence from Rowaished's music.
Suspected homicide The body of an Asian expat in his 40s was removed for an autopsy after police suspected foul play, possibly a criminal act. The Hawally public prosecutor classified the case as homicide until the completion of a criminal investigation report.
A Qatari national and his wife who were remanded in custody by the police in Cairo, Egypt in connection with the death of their 26- year-old Indonesian housemaid two days ago have been granted bail, says a report in the local Arabic daily Al Arab.
The Nepali government has banned women under 30 from travelling to Gulf countries to work following reports of widespread sexual abuse and exploitation. Fifteen Nepalese women committed suicide in Lebanon in 2010 while two to three domestic helpers a week seek refuge in Nepalese embassies in Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait following abuse from their employers.
ATLANTA (CN) - A businessman claims in court that a magazine defamed him by accusing him of involvement in "'human trafficking' of Ethiopian women serving as household maids in Saudi Arabia who are held in 'slave-like conditions.'"
Addis Ababa - The Ethiopian government has banned its citizens from becoming domestic workers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to stop the widespread rights abuse and inhumane treatment Ethiopian workers face in the Middle East.
MANILA, Philippines - A migrants workers' rights group on Tuesday bared that the "maid for rent" racket is now prevalent in the Middle East.
Migrante-Middle East is now calling on the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and Philippine Overseas Labor offices in the Middle East to probe the "maid for rent" racket by the employers of Filipino maids.
MANILA, Philippines - "Normina," a Filipina domestic worker in Saudia Arabia, ran away years ago from her employer after she was abused, but still works in the country as an illegal "maid for rent."
As Ramadan draws near, many working women begin the relentless search for housemaids, focusing mainly on illegal workers.
Sawsan, a service representative at a local company, told Arab News: "During the holy month, there are extra demands such as cooking, cleaning and entertaining visitors.
"It is very difficult for me to accomplish all that is required and report to work daily without extra household help."
When an expatriate's residency permit (iqama) is about to expire, the bank they are dealing with starts to send messages asking them to update their data including a valid iqama number to prevent their bank account being frozen.
Kuwait: A search is on for a heartless employer who drove his sick housemaid to hospital 37 days ago and left her without once visiting her or leaving his contact information with the hospital administration. Security sources said that when the maid recently died, her relatives wished to have her buried in her home country, but they could not find her passport as it was still being held by the sponsor.
Doha: Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned on Tuesday that migrant construction workers in Qatar, which is preparing to host the 2022 World Cup, risk serious abuse amounting to ‘forced labour’.
A presidentially-appointed task force on migrant workers on Tuesday called for a blanket moratorium on the sending of Indonesian household workers to the Middle East until their protection is legally guaranteed.
KUWAIT, City- A Lebanese woman remains in police custody following her arrest Saturday over imprisonment and abuse charges pressed by her domestic worker. The Indonesian woman was brought to a Hawally police station by staff from her country’s embassy. The woman fled to the embassy after escaping from her employer’s apartment, where she was reportedly held for four years.
Dubai: An Emirati couple, who will soon stand trial for torturing an eight-year-old girl to death, were jailed on Wednesday morning for one year after they admitted having consensual sex.
The Indonesian Embassy has stepped up efforts to save 32 housemaids being "threatened by the death penalty" in the Kingdom, said Hendrar Pramutyo, an official of the citizen protection wing of the Indonesian Embassy, here yesterday.
The US State Department's annual report on human trafficking 2012 has stated that illiterate and unskilled labourers from countries like India "are subjected to forced labour and to a lesser extent, forced prostitution" in Saudi Arabia.
KUWAIT: A parcel from Manila and a clique of bad friends have landed two Pinoys behind bars. Emily, a 40-something Filipina and a mother of a two-month-old baby one day received a mailed parcel that could, if she is proven guilty, keep her in jail for a long time.
AMMONNEWS--Adaleh center for human rights studies run by lawyer Asem Rababa'a commented that the suffering of migrant workers can be summarized by the lack of active accessible methods to the administrative and judicial remedy mechanisms.
Three Kuwaiti men targeting a Sri Lankan housemaid waited for her to finish shopping and walk back home before jumping on her and bundling her in their car. They then took turns in raping her despite her incessant screams.
An Emirati woman and her neighbour are on trial in Abu Dhabi on charges of torturing their Asian housemaid to death and threatening her colleague against reporting the murder to the police.
Like a dramatic scene straight out of a movie, an Egyptian wife awaited her husband’s travel to Luxor to run into the arms of her lover, reported Ahram newspaper. Unfortunately, for the wife - her husband's flight was cancelled and he returned home only to see his wife naked with her lover.
Doha: Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned on Tuesday that migrant construction workers in Qatar, which is preparing to host the 2022 World Cup, risk serious abuse amounting to 'forced labour'.
Dubai: Thirteen policemen were acquitted on Tuesday of torturing and beating a detainee to death and injuring two others. The Dubai Court of First Instance cleared the 13 policemen, a lieutenant colonel, six lieutenants and six officers, of torture and extensive beatings during an interrogation which reportedly led to the death of Pakistani man B.K., and two others being injured.
Saudi Arabia has turned to Vietnam and Cambodia for its domestic workers' needs following a rift with its long-standing housemaid suppliers Indonesia and the Philippines, newspapers in the oil-rich Gulf Kingdom said on Tuesday.
Migrant suicides are incredibly frequent in the Gulf, but Migrant Rights tries to avoid merely delineating list after list of their occurrences; deaths are more than mere statistics, despite the importance of these numbers in gauging migrant worker conditions. However, it can be difficult to analyze the little information provided in the publication of these incidents.
Comparing potential migrants who would like to move to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and other high-income countries. With their high-income economies, the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) attract migrants from all over the world. As GCC countries continue to grow rapidly, potential migrants worldwide are becoming more aware of countries such as the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia as possible destinations to seek economic opportunities and employment.
Hiring domestic help in the Kingdom is one of the biggest challenges faced by many Saudi nationals and expats alike. Although there are some cruel and inhumane employers, there are also maids who make unreasonable and illegitimate demands.
The Kingdom's first licensed recruitment company became operational yesterday, heralding a new era in the recruitment of foreign labor and putting an end to the visa trade and role of middlemen in the Kingdom. Saad Al-Baddah, chairman of the foundation committee of the Riyadh-based Saudi Recruitment Company, said the company will start receiving visas from the Ministry of Labor within two weeks and the newly hired laborers would arrive in the Kingdom within 30 days.
When the GCC heads of state meet on Monday (May 14), the transformation of the GCC into a union is expected to top their discussions. The idea of a Gulf Union was already endorsed in principle in the last summit, held on Dec. 19-20, 2011.
JEDDAH: The increase in oil revenues will fuel another year of twin surpluses, with the fiscal and current account balances expected to register 14.3 percent and 31.3 percent to GDP, respectively, says a new report from the National Commercial Bank (NCB) unveiled yesterday.