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Wed 27 Jan 2010 10:30 AM

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Saudi mulls foreign maids ban over culture, crime

Maids from Sri Lanka, Nepal, Cambodia and Vietnam could be part of ban.

Maids from Sri Lanka, Nepal, Cambodia and Vietnam may not be allowed to work in Saudi Arabia as they do not make any effort to integrate into the local culture and have been accused of been involved in criminal activity, a recruitment official told Saudi media.

"We are serious in imposing a ban on the import of housemaids from Sri Lanka, Nepal, Cambodia and Vietnam," Ali Al Quraishi, vice president of the local Labor Recruitment Committee, told the Saudi-based Arab News.

"The main reason for considering such a ban is that the labour recruiters in those countries are not qualified enough to supply housemaids that suit the local culture and tradition. There is no proper selection process of housemaids to suit this market, nor are they given orientation before they leave their countries," he is quoted as saying.

Al Quraishi went on to say that local maids from these countries did not make any effort to adapt to local Saudi traditions and cultures.

“We decided to be extra-careful when dealing with such foreign labour, especially after some reports that housemaids were involved in child murders and incidents of violence,” he added.

However, a Sri Lankan official also told the paper that they had seen an increasing number of complaints from female maids working in Saudi.

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P.A.S.S. 10 years ago

If such a ban is imposed, no matter by whom, the potential candidates who might have gone to Saudi Arabia for work should count themselves lucky, and make the most of the opportunity they will have to stay in their own country - safe and sound.

don peppone 10 years ago

"We are serious in imposing a ban on the import of housemaids from Sri Lanka, Nepal, Cambodia and Vietnam, What kind of a language is it?! Housemaids are not chicken or some other kind of goods. They are humans! This sentence shows exactly how and what they think. Speechless......