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Filipino maid hurt in bid to get away

KUWAIT CITY : A Filipino housemaid has been referred to a hospital with serious injuries, reports Al-Watan Arabic daily.
According to reports she was injured after she fell down while attempting to escape from her sponsor in Riqei.
She allegedly made a rope by tying bed covers together and was attempting to climb down from the fifth floor apartment. The ‘rope’ snapped when she reached midway and she fell to the ground.


Thanks to the Opinionator

While browsing the web, yesterday, I viewed the Arab Times online site and came across several news articles about the rape and abuse of maids in Kuwait. I was surprised at the cluster of cases so I searched the web for more information and was nearly knocked off my chair when I realized the enormous extent of the huge numbers of foreign maids suffering abuse at the hands of their Middle East “sponsors”.  To use the term “maid” is a misnomer – these women (and boys) are nothing more than modern day SLAVES.  Slaves to be abused, raped, tortured, maimed, and killed. 

Many of these maids come into the Middle East (particularly Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Lebanon) from Indonesia, the Phillipines, Sri Lanka and Ethiopia – smaller numbers come from India and Bangladesh. Saudi Arabia has the largest number of these imported domestics estimated at 200,000 in 2004. These maids are seen as inferiors to their Middle Eastern masters and many countries do not even recognize them as being covered by labor laws – including minimum wage:

“The plight of domestic workers in Lebanon rose to the spotlight during the summer of 2006, when Israel launched a thirty-four-day military offensive on Lebanon. In Arabic, the term “Abed” is used to denote a “black” person or “slave” and the word is sometimes heard in reference to Africans or Sri Lankans. Non-Arab Afro-Asian migrants in Lebanon are physically looked upon as inferior due to their positions as servants. These workers remain excluded under Article 6 of Lebanese labour laws and are often victims of abuse by both employers and agencies.” LINK

The vast majority of these women are seeking an opportunity to earn money and send remittances back to their families – 

“…….Phillipines, where the economy relies heavily on remittances from nearly eight million Filipinos working overseas. Of that eight million, about 73,000 work in Kuwait.Some 60,000 are women employed mainly as maids and earning less than $200 a month on average, labor groups say.

Some of these woman do quickly realize the danger and manage to escape in a few days. But, many of the remaining “servants” are left in a living nightmare.

Here are some of the sickening stories of abuse, etc that I came across with a quick net search:

Read it all…


  1. For those who do not believe what the Saudis are capable of: there is a verified story of a Phillipina who worked as a maid in Saudi Arabia. She was raped by the arab “man” of the house and by its son. She did not report the crime for fear of her life. She became pregnant, and the truth came out. She was convicted by a Saudi court of “witchcraft” – causing the “helpless” arab males to rape her against their will!!! She was taken to an execution ground, given 100 lashes and then beheaded by the fat pig the sowdees use as an executioner. Her photos prior to and after her execution (murder) were available on the internet (posted by some Womens rights activists) but were removed by Google presumably as a consequence of Obamas election campaign (I apologise to Obama if this suspicion is incorrect – if not he will answer for it at some time in his political future). Evidence suggest that many arabs behave in a sub-human fashion – and arabs were fortunate that none were nearby on the day I first saw the photos of the murdered woman – the look of horror and pain, frozen on her face after her decapitation, can never be forgiven or forgotten.

  2. Well well, it seems that slavery is alive and well in our “progressive” world! Why is it that those who have abolished slavery (the English and Americans) seem to be most apologetic for it? I have yet to see a North African apology for slavery, for it was they who sold most of their African “brothers” to the English and Americans. In fact while we’re at it, the “slaves” were treated more humanely in their new countries than they could ever expect in their homelands. One could argue that they actually had a better lot than their “unenslaved” countrymen!

    I say let the ancestors of slaves (both recent and historically) know the truth, and have open season on the true perpetrators of slavery.

    Although once they find out that the main instigators of slavery WERE NOT white europeans, I think they’ll lose interest and walk away!

  3. I have said to people around me that slavery would still be present in Saudi Arabia or in fact any Islamic country. They have asked how would you know that? Because it is allowed in Islamic texts and tenets. It will therefore never be discarded only hidden to appease the West.

  4. One can argue that Africans who where taken to the colonies against their will were not well treated (the statement that they had a better lot than their free countryman is difficult to justify). However arab muslims were the primary slavers (the europeans were NOT) who decimated central and west Africa, and slavery continues today in many muslim middle east countries. The blind adherence to islamic texts, as demonstrated by the majority of muslims who post here (and these are supposedly the intelligent ones) suggests that the sentiments expressed by Geoff are indeed true. There are also enough reports of cases where wages and passports are illegally withheld by muslim arabs to justify international investigation into the behaviour of arab states wrt slavery.

  5. Geoff ,
    It is not very well is possible to see it on various tv docos ..also read about in books from your local library..
    Perhaps the people you mix with do not read very much.
    Slavery abounds in Khartoum…all black Africans slaving for arabs. The words for black African and slave in arabic are the same…Which tells you , the arabs think of all black africans as slaves.
    There is also an enormous traffic in sex slaves of all persuasions. I used to live in an Asian country which was at that time , the number destination in the world for trafficked women.
    Your friends need to get out more.

  6. It is true there are a lot of maids in the Arabian Gulf countries, and those maids came here in order to support their families back home. It is also true the the economies of whole villages and towns in those exporting countries of maids like, indonesia, Sri lanka and others depend on the incomes of those maids. There are cases of maid abuse but these are on a limited scale. Nobody forced those maids to come here in the beginning and I totally agree that there should be laws to protect these maids from abuses and that maids should be provided with sufficient care and decent living standards.

    What is the alternative? You can abandon the export of maids but this will not be a solution to those poor people living in those countries. Also this solution might be good for countries who import maids because this will save their economies billions of dollars that goes out. Actually there are a lot of people in those countries who pay a lot of money to agencies just to help them to come to the Arab Gulf countries because the can make money here better than their home countries.

  7. At our Christian church, I’d heard horror stories every now and then from some of our members who had experienced living in Hong Kong and other parts of the world (like the Middle East and elsewhere) as maids, nannies, caregivers, domestic helpers, cleaners or foreign overseas workers. Most had worked between 16 to 18 hours daily, six days a week. While others did 7 days without a break; some had been molested. I called them “Slaves”. Somehow, their stories had to be revealed. But how? It could sound like a deplorably pitiful tale of deep distress, grief and misfortune. But somehow, someone did (albeit an affront to most Filipinos worldwide) — in Hong Kong. An HK columnist wrote an article in one HK magazine and referred to the Philippines as a “Nation of Servants”. Enough was enough.

    I did some research on their pitiful circumstances and then I wrote a 616-page novel entitled “Slaves, Spooks & The Praying Mantis”.

    To gain a proper perspective on each of their agonizing accounts, I sought the help of our church members for their painful narratives. However, some were quite reluctant to talk and some would rather let ‘sleeping dogs lie’. But after several discussions, they’d agreed to share their stories, provided (and I promised) that only first names would appear under ‘Acknowledgements’. I had interviewed 12 ex-slaves and their poignantly courageous tales were interspersed within the plot. It’s a story within a story. I had taken the common denominators of their sad recitals and put them in a narrative way into a novel.

    The book is available from reputable online stores and retailers worldwide. Please check the listings at

    For more info, link to or

  8. It is happening in Australia – not perhaps the women being sent back in body bags but I know with certainty this is happening. Catch them if you can.

  9. Alex, I am highly doubtful that the plight of HK maids can be compared to what happens to the poor people who seek employment in Arabia. Lets not compare apples with oranges here.

  10. A 25-yr-old Christian woman dies of natural causes, doctors say, but body shows signs of violence

    by Jibran Khan

    Sadaat Masih was a nurse at a private hospital in the capital. Her body was found in the student hostel where she lived. Hospital administrators try to sweep the affair under the rug. Police refuses to open an investigation. Her family complains of an atmosphere of forced silence. A source in the medical facility points to the ambiguous role played by a Muslim male nurse.

    Islamabad (AsiaNews) – Mystery and silence surround the death of Sadaat Masih, a 25-year-old nurse who died last Friday in a student hostel in Islamabad. Officials at the Shifa International Hospital, a private health care facility, said she died of natural causes. Despite a complaint filed by her relatives, police said they would not investigate the case. The young woman’s family noted that her body showed unusual wounds that suggest a violent death. A colleague told AsiaNews on condition of anonymity that a Muslim male nurse played a key role in the affair. In fact, the deceased endured sexual harassment on the part of Muslim colleagues and doctors.

    Originally from Dhoke Ratta, a neighbourhood in Rawalpindi, Sadaat Masih came to Shifa International in 2008 as a student. In June 2010, the hospital gave her a room at the nursing student hostel, where she was found dead in the afternoon of 25 February. The young woman, who was Christian, was buried two days later in a Rawalpindi cemetery, but the details of her death still have to be elucidated.

    Fr Joseph Fazal spoke to AsiaNews about the “sad event”. In his view, “Sadaat could not have died of natural causes” because the body had a wound to the head and marks on her neck.

    Speaking about Christian female nurses, he said it was “sad to know that they are targeted in different ways rather than rewarded and respected.” At least, “we will make sure that her case does not end up like that of Magdalene, a Christian nurse from Karachi who was raped by a medical officer.”

    After 10 August 2010, when Sadaat became engaged to Riaz Masih, male nurses and doctors started harassing her. One doctor told her that because she was Christian she could “not expect promotions or career advancement”, Riaz said, “unless she pleased him by coming to his room”.

    Last Friday afternoon, the hospital contacted the young woman’s family, saying that she had been in an accident. However, hospital officials prevented her family from seeing her on various pretexts.

    “I was told by the hospital administration that my daughter had an accident,” Sadaat’s father Javed Masih said. “Another one said that she was undergoing an appendix operation. After a while they told us that my daughter was dead.”

    “The next day they handed us the body,” he added. “They told us that she died of natural causes. When we got the body there was a wound to the back of her head, and another mark on her neck.”

    Despite the many unanswered questions and a formal complaint filed by the family of the deceased, police refused to open an investigation against hospital officials.

    However, a nurse did speak to AsiaNews on condition of anonymity. “After her shift Friday afternoon, Sadaat went to her room. Her fellow female nurse had just left for her shift. After a while a Muslim male nurse sent a text message saying that Sadaat was in her room, unconscious.”

    Staff rushed to the room and removed the young woman to the emergency ward where the doctor on duty pronounced her dead.

    “The male nurse who sent the text message was never interrogated to find out how he knew that she was unconscious since the door to her room was locked,” the source said.

    Sadaat’s fiancé Riaz went further, complaining about a wall of silence around the whole thing. “The hospital administration is not cooperating,” he said. In fact, “they do not want to give us the name of the Muslim male nurse.”

    Suleman Javed, Sadaat`s brother, said his family does not want money. “We want justice. We want to know exactly what happened last Friday, and who is responsible.”

    His cry of pain is felt by Mgr Rufin Anthony, bishop of Islamabad-Rawalpindi. “Anti-Christian violence continues, especially in Punjab,” he explained. Yet, “When the law is enforced, violence stops,” he noted. For this reason, the government ought to take notice of injustice. In any event, “the Catholic Church will continue to stand by persecuted minorities and raise its voice on behalf of victims.”

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