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Maid tied up for a month

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Sickening. More maid abuse from across the causeway (via Arab News):

JEDDAH, 23 March 2005 — A 25-year-old Indonesian woman who came to Saudi Arabia as a guest worker will have several of her fingers, toes and part of her right foot amputated because of gangrene after being tied up for a month in a bathroom by her Saudi sponsor, who also apparently beat her severely, injuring her eye and knocking several of her teeth out.

The reason given was that the woman, who worked as a maid, had not finished cleaning the house. (Continued)

Obviously nothing has changed since Human Rights Watch issued its report on migrant worker abuse in Saudi last year. Well at least some of these cases are being reported in the news.

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5 Responses to 'Maid tied up for a month'


Anonymous Marwen says:

This news really is sickening.
People like this should be strictly punished!

The Saudi government must not allow horrible things like this to be done to people, no matter what!
It's their responsibility to protect these people and hold the criminals accountable.    

Anonymous Anonymous says:

oh SHIT that son of a bitch! What a fucking bastard!!!!!!!! May his whanger get gangrene and be amputated!

(on that note, I'll comment this anonymously. But I bet you can guess who I am)    

Blogger Fox says:

So what else is new?
I'm being sarcastic    

Anonymous Anonymous says:
4/02/2005 09:33:00 am

Disgusting!

Lucky for the maid that this guy was probably a beard otherwise she would be sexually assulted too.

Why this happens only to maid belongs to muslim familys and this why maids want to work for Europen familys.

We need to teach that this is not our islamic behavior    

Anonymous South asian expat from bahrain in New york says:
4/06/2005 08:02:00 pm

So it takes something as extreme as gangrene to have the press actually make a stink about made abuse and for the govt. to take action (or so they claim). I want to weep everytime I read about such suffering particularly when it is always painted as the maid's fault. It is clear even in Bahrain, that gender ideology, gendered work, racist and class based hierarchies and global migration have interlocked in the most sickening ways.
I can't stand that we don't even have a vocabulary or language of human rights in this country forget attempts to mobilize against such incidents.
While these women are trying to support families back home faced with men who have failed them in adapting to changing divisions of labour in our capitalist economies, they come to the Gulf and their bodies are orientalized and sexualized. They have become the ground on which men violently assert their power against the threat of women's work, against the "foreigners" they must depend on and on which existing power structures are maintained.

Although the GDN does report these incidents frequently, I believe it is as guilty of maintaining the discourse these women have been inserted into by the reductive, sensationalist, and insensitive frame in which they report these 'facts'. Everytime Mohammed Aslam reports on the lates "sex romp" between a maid and her lover, he merely reinforces the sterotypes of these women as threats to the purity of the nuclear family which must lazily depend on them because men in Bahrain refuse to recognize that since the family now requires two incomes, women cannot magically be expected to do housework, look after children and have an office job without men adjusting their roles.
Aslam also speaks of these women's "immorality" without recognizing that they are literally prisoners of their employers. He and other reporters add to the dehumanization of maids when they make it seem unusual for maids to have freedom of movement and the freedom to form relationships like the rest of us in Bahrain do.
How many of us get prosecuted or deported for having sex lives, leaving our homes to meet with male friends?
It gets worse when we start breaking down how these maids are stereotyped by nationality - Filipina women are the most sexualized and perceived as manipulative seductresses while South Asian maids are painted as more passive and quitely sneaky (ex. - the Bangladeshi one with the labourer who is her lover).

I don't know where I was going with all that..... I just get extremely frustrated and horrified at the circular, reductive discussions that take place (if at all and I initiate them) when I'm back in Bahrain...because people refuse to question even the most basic of assumptions and myths about women's work and men's work, why these categories even exist, what challenges global migration poses particularly for women in developing countries, the unique race and class strata we have in the Gulf, why it exists, what the 'rationale' behind it is, what its history is and how material conditions have created such a demographic situation.    

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