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Sunday, 21 October 2012 - 13:22
400 housemaids urge authorities have them sent home
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In a recent revelation made available to our news team was it was reported that around 400 Sri Lankan housemaids were being held at a camp in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

When inquired we were informed that these house maids were being held at the Uleiyya camp for a considerable time.

According to the accounts of its occupants, the group includes several pregnant mothers.

Speaking to our news team an employee said that agents obtain around 25,000 Rupees from the employers and hand them over, and subsequently suffer assaults at the hands of the employers.

They also allege that although they are sent to work at one residence they are forced to serve in 3 residences often until 3.30 in the morning.

They also charge that they are forced to live under the harshest of conditions

with little or no food & substandard sanitation facilities.

When inquired if the Sri Lankan Embassy in Riyadh was informed regarding their plight these house maids charged that embassy officials had entertained their pleas in a frivolous manner, displaying haphazard interest.

There are around 400 Sri Lankans taking shelter in a camp there.

However against this backdrop Sri Lankan Embassy officials in Riyadh defended them selves by stating that the legal system in Saudi did not permit the mass repatriation of house maids who had been subjected to alleged accounts of abuse.

Furthermore it was noted that these house maids were placed at welfare centres until their documentation was processed & were subsequently sent back to Sri Lanka.

According to Sri Lankan Embassy officials in Riyadh, 586 house maids were repatriated to the country during the course of September.

When inquired by the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau Amal Senadhilankara regarding predicament faced by the house maids, he noted that although SLFEB had not been notified regarding such an occurrence, steps would be immediately implemented to investigate the matter.

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