Saudi firm sued for displaying maids at hypermarket

Workers were showcased next to an ad to hire them

(Image Source: Alriyadh)

(Image Source: Alriyadh)

A company in Saudi is being sued for displaying housemaids at a hypermarket in Dhahran together with an advertisement to employ them.

The incident was described as “totally unacceptable” by the Ministry of Labour and Social Development, reported Gulf Daily News.

Ministry inspectors reported promptly to the scene, according to ministry spokesperson Khalid Abal Khail.

The official said the ministry is currently working on putting an end to the violation and taking legal measures against the company.

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Posted by: Anonymous

There is something beyond disturbing about this story that is not yet being highlighted. Even if one assumes that the housemaids are not being physically burdened by being willingly "put up on display", the bigger question to be asked is - WHAT IS THE NEED FOR THE HOUSEMAIDS TO BE PHYSICALLY DISPLAYED to begin with? If the service need is "house cleaning" and "taking care of kids", why is it necessary to be able to "physically see the looks" of the maid? The company can take down the request for maid and send a maid as required by skills - not by looks. Why would the company want to entertain the display of how the maids "look", for their Saudi customers? That shows something sinister is going on behind the scenes with the maids within the confines of Saudi homes. This ought to be investigated further. It makes no sense to display the maids physically, unless the Saudi client who requires a maid is interested in her "looks". What a grotesque marketing ploy by this shameful company.

Posted by: Fentoni

What a sad, sad picture. I don't know what's worse for the poor young women...standing there for 8 hours like a product for sale or eventually being 'sold' to a Saudi family and looking after 4 to 6 kids singlehandedly for 16 hours a day 7 days a week?

Posted by: Umesh Rao

Shocking !! This is like a slave market.

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