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Bahrain MP makes 'maid mafia' claims

MP claims mafias are luring daughters of poor families to the Gulf kingdom and helping them abscond from their employer

Bahrain MP makes 'maid mafia' claims
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Bahrain has said it is developing tougher restrictions for the hiring of maids amid concerns of a rising mafia scene.

MP Abdulhaleem Murad claimed “mafias” were paying poor families in foreign countries to send their daughters to work as maids in Bahrain but the women were not always given the jobs they expected.

"The same mafias have representatives in Bahrain who then help these women run away and find them other jobs,” he was quoted as saying by Gulf Daily News.

"In trafficking terms this is called recycling.”

Bahrain estimates there are 87,000 maids in the small Gulf state.

Labour Minister Jameel Humaidan said more needed to be done to prevent runaway maids and tougher regulations would be drawn up.

Hdee 5 years ago

Dear Mr Murad

Being an MP, U have the opportunity to bring this topic to the attention of the Parliament.

I would like to suggest a point for consideration - if the local women start doing the household chores , there would be a certain reduction in your so called Mafia Maids, isn't it !