Saturday, October 20, 2007

the plight of maids in Jordan

Can you imagine? 200 Filipina girls are taking shelter at their Embassy, living in pretty desperate conditions. All of them having run away from the homes they work in for various reasons. I wonder how many Sri Lankans, Indonesians etc are in trouble also.

Who is to blame for all of this? Is it the home governments for allowing these girls to be recruited, the host governments for not monitoring conditions or putting down strict laws or the recruitment agencies who seem to be getting away with doing anything they want? Or lastly the treatment these girls get in the houses that they work in? Why is it that most maids do not have their own bedrooms, proper meals or payment on time? They are expected to clean the house, cook the food, look after the children and generally work as slaves. Of course, not everyone treats their maids like this but it seems the vast majority does. T


Blogger asoom said...

I would say that a little bit of each party is to blame. I know of this jordanian palestinian man whose currently in jail in the philipines who runs a maid service in jordan, he's being charged with kidnapping. Apparently he was illegally exporting these women and his fate is pretty much dependent on the local politics (which candidates win the elections).

Based on the responsibilities and the tasks some arab american families expect of "maids" and how much they think they should be paid, I can conclude that they're not treated right in jordan and these families are bringing that mentality towards such house service workers with them here.

Saturday, October 20, 2007  
Anonymous hamede said...

I think people in jordan need to treat workers with respect and dignity.

Saturday, October 20, 2007  

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