Mr. Javaladi, no doubt in an effort to lessen the blow to some fragile Saudi egos, "described the deplorable treatment of maids [as] 'minimal' compared to the large number of Indonesian women - estimated at 626,000 - working in the Kingdom. Indonesia sends the highest number of women to work in Saudi Arabia. As far as cases of (general) abuse is concerned, the Indonesian Embassy recorded 3,428 cases, which does not include complaints lodged at the Consulate General in Jeddah." I'm no math wiz, but if there are 626,000 Indonesian women working here of which 3,428 have complained, isn't that about five and a half or six percent? And, if that five and a half or six percent doesn't include ALL of the complaints, what is the percentage? It is as high as ten percent? Higher? Are alarm bells NOT ringing somewhere?!?
"...cases typically involve breach of contract and wage disputes... Among common violations, many of which go unreported, is expecting maids to be at work any time of the day or night, seven days a week." There is a solution. Stop sending Indonesian women, here, to be
Mr. Javaladi said "the embassy has been assured by senior Saudi officials that they would take stern action, including imprisonment, against those employers who violate maids' rights." Yeah. Bullshit. Hasn't happened yet, has it? Won't be happening anytime soon, either. There is "no ban on recruitment to Saudi Arabia, which hires the largest number of domestic workers from Indonesia." The issue, according to Mr. Javaladi, is "delicate." Okay. That would be one way to describe it. Certainly not the way I would describe it, but I do understand the "game" that has to be played so as not to offend anyone...
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