Philippines creates blacklist of Saudi maid employers

Saudi employers are accused of abusing foreign maids, including some of the 60,000 Filipino women in the kingdom

The Philippines’ Labour Ministry has reportedly prepared a blacklist of Saudi employers who have abused or sexually harassed their Filipino housemaids to prevent them hiring in the future.

Most of the names on the list have been added based on testimony given by Filipino maids, while others have been identified from social media comments and videos, Arabic daily Makkah reported.

Saudi Arabia and the Philippines, which sends thousands of women to work as maids in the kingdom, signed an historic agreement in May last year covering the employment of Filipino maids in the kingdom after years of disputes.

Filipino maids only returned to the country in 2012 after the kingdom agreed to set a $400 minimum monthly salary.

Human rights groups also have raised concerns about the treatment of foreign workers in Saudi Arabia.

They estimate about 45 foreign maids are on death row in the kingdom. In January last year, a 24-year old Sri Lankan housemaid was beheaded for allegedly killing a child left in her care in 2005.

The Philippines’ Labour Attaché in the Eastern Province Alexander Padaen told Makkah there was rising demand for housemaids from the Philippines and the embassy received about 40,000 requests each year.

Related:
Join the Discussion

Disclaimer:The view expressed here by our readers are not necessarily shared by Arabian Business, its employees, sponsors or its advertisers.

NOTE: Comments posted on arabianbusiness.com may be printed in the magazine Arabian Business

Please post responsibly. Commenter Rules

Posted by: georg

I suppose the bad ones will just hire the maids under the name of a relative.
Call me a cynic if you wish.

All comments are subject to approval before appearing

Further reading

Features & Analysis
Saudi Arabia spends money to make money

Saudi Arabia spends money to make money

Tour of Asia by Saudi Arabia's King Salman advances drive to...

Where is Bahrain headed?

Where is Bahrain headed?

The kingdom has identified jewels in its accelerating non-oil...

4
Trump, Saudi Arabia in mutual embrace

Trump, Saudi Arabia in mutual embrace

US President Donald Trump may not be popular in much of the Muslim...

Most Discussed
sponsoredTracking