Moroccan maids on their way; but might be sent back by Saudi women
Moroccan actress Maryam Hassouni. Is this the beauty that Saudi Arabian housewives are speculating could cause them marital strife?
The Shura council or parliament reports the heavy-female led reaction in the Kingdom toward the 'invasion' of the Moroccan maid. Saudi women have been demanding from the council a veto of governement plans to open the door to Morocco providing housemaids, following the suspension of domestic workers from the Philippines and Indonesia.
This objection to plans to import domestic workers from Morocco has been voiced as loudly as the protest to allow their fairer sex to drive…Their complaint hinges around the notion that Moroccan women are beautiful and this might cause non-stop anxiety and concern in Saudi families.
“Some of them said Moroccan women are so attractive that their husbands could easily fall for them…others said Moroccans are good at magic and sorcery and that this could enable them to lure their husbands.” (Editor, Al Bawaba)
The recruitment companies that are to be established soon will be licensed to bring in housemaids from Morocco, East Asia and South Africa, Al-Watan Arabic newspaper reported Friday quoting Saad Al-Baddah, chairman of the recruitment committee at the Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
Al-Baddah added a caveat to the recruitment process of housemaids from Morocco saying that immediate employment of Moroccan maids could prove an issue as there were no official recruitment offices in Morocco to process the papers of prospective domestic helps.
He, however, said there could be a way around the problem with the citizens being given work visas to bring housemaids from Morocco on their own.
The chairman warned Saudi citizens against contacting any offices claiming to be able to send housemaids from Morocco to the Kingdom.
“They are all fake. You should not heed the false claims of these fake offices,” Al-Baddah warned prospective employers.
The spokesman of the Labor Ministry, Hattab Al-Anzi, said the recruitment offices would grant citizens work visas for housemaids from Morocco.
“It is now the responsibility of the citizen to look for authorized private recruitment offices to bring workers from Morocco,” he said.
The spokesman said the new recruitment companies to be established soon would be licensed to import housemaids from Morocco.