Fifty percent of the Bangladeshi housemaids who had gone to the Kingdom Saudi Aribia since the beginning of the recruitment process were sent back home for various reasons, including refusal to work. There were as many as 80,000 Bangladeshi maid servants.
Hussein Al-Harthi, proprietor of a recruitment office, told Saudi media as many as 40,000 domestic helps, which is 50 percent of the total recruited to work in the Kingdom, have been deported. Reports Arab News
“The reasons for their return were refusal to work, lack of training in Bangladesh, language barrier, lack of adaptability to the Kingdom’s culture,” he said.
A number of recruitment office owners said the customer is given a period of three months to try the maid. If she is found inefficient during this period, the sponsor informs the office, returns the maid along with a notice received by the embassy that includes the reasons for disqualification. Then the recruitment office hands the maid over to the embassy to send her back home.
Ali Al-Omari, another recruitment office owner, said the number of recruitment visas issued since the beginning of the recruitment process began from Bangladesh reached 150,000 visas. An official source of the Consulate General of Bangladesh was quoted as saying that his government intends to establish centers for training and rehabilitation of domestic workers before sending them to work. “The sole purpose of the current centers is financial gain.”
What is the actual reason?
About 150 Bangladeshi maids have fled Saudi jobs in the past 7 months. According to a Bangladeshi official at its embassy in Riyadh, where the girls found temporary shelter, there were three reasons for the girls to abandon their posts: difficult house chores, homesickness and mistreatment by the employers.
Last year news got extensive international coverage, although nearly none in Bangladesh. A Saudi man was caught red handed, by none other than his wife, for groping and forcing himself on his housemaid. The wife, disgusted by her husband’s sexual dalliances, videotaped the man in the act, and later released it on social media.
In ther same year, an Indian housemaid, when she requested to be released from duties, was attacked by her employer. The enraged Saudi brought out a knife and chopped off one of her hands.
Housemaids from the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Nepal have also had similar experiences. Sol Pillas, as Secretary-General of Migrants International, hears every year from some 5,000 Filipino housemaids about abuses at the hands of their employers, most of them from the Kingdom and the Gulf countries.
One such migrant worker is Maria de Santos. As reported by London’s Daily Guardian, when she told her employer about her desire to quit, the angry wife demanded that she open her legs so that she could be strip searched, lest she had some valuables stolen from the household.