Saturday, April 02, 2005

Forced Labor Charges Brought Against Saudi Princess Living in US

According to a press release, Hana F. al Jader, a Saudi Princess, was arrested today on charges of forced labor. According to the allegation, al Jader used coercion to keep two Indonesian women as domestic servants. Al Jader is alleged to have confiscated the women’s passports, restricting their freedom of movement and preventing them from fleeing. After the women’s visas had expired, al Jader unlawfully prevented them from leaving. The contract stated that the women would earn $1500 a month and work less than 8 hours a day. In reality, the women received $300 per month and worked well over 8 hours per day. The arrest today comes in the wake of a horrific case of alleged abuse exposed inside the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In that case, Nour Miyati, an Indonesian maid suffered horrific abuse to the point where she will suffer “permanent disabilities” according to Arab News. Human Rights Watch has described the conditions for foreign workers in Saudi Arabia as “resembling slavery.” Today’s arrest raises the fear that the pervasive abuses of foreign workers inside the kingdom are being perpetuated in the US by Saudi nationals.


At April 04, 2005 12:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

On the Freedom House site, there is a map of the world siting, Free, Partly Free and Not Free nations.

As far as I can see, there is not one islamic nation that is designated as Free. Not one. Amazing. I'm shocked, shocked, I tell you.


At April 04, 2005 7:17 AM, Blogger Don Miguel said...

This isn't the first time a Saudi in the U.S. has been charged with forced labor of their domestic help.


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