Slavery Persists in Saudi Arabia

With the recent arrest of Saudi Princess Alayan on human trafficking charges, Saudi Arabia has finally agreed to make life slight better for domestic workers.

Slavery still persists in Saudi Arabia where foreign workers are forced to work till they drop, held against their will and many are not paid anything. The slavery continues when the Saudis travel with their slaves. The recent arrest of Saudi Princess Meshael Alayban in California on charges of human trafficking has finally brought the issue to the surface and forced the Saudi government to publicly offer some meager legal protection for domestic workers.

The new regulations will ensure that conditions are still very close to slavery. Domestic workers employed by Saudis must work 90 hours a week for $400/month minus expenses. They can't refuse to do any job and of course are still virtual prisoners. If any foreign worker wants to to leave a job in Saudi Arabia they can't leave the country until they get an exit visa and in most cases their employer must approve it.

According to Saudi Labor Minister Adel Faqih, a domestic worker “does not have the right to reject a work, or leave a job, without a valid reason.”

Princess Alayban is one of the six wives of Saudi Prince Abdulrahman bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz al Saud. She was arrested after one of her Kenyan servants escaped and told police that she was being held against her will, was forced to work 16 hours a day and paid only $220 a month. While this was legal in Saudi Arabia, it is not legal in California. Many Saudis spend time in California and authorities have previously been willing to ignore the ill treatment of their workers and almost never investigated complaints of slavery.

Princess Alayban was quickly released on $5 million bail.

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