Indonesia Bans Sending Domestic Workers to Arab Nations
- Ban on domestic workers
- Indonesia and Saudi Arabia
- The ban on Indonesian maids will lead to the closing of approximately 600 recruitment offices in Saudi Arabia affecting around 2000 employees
- The recruitment offices hiring domestic helpers are entitled to receive not less than 20% of the value of the contract
To cut it short
Indonesia is supposedly one of the major sources of female migrant workers, with most of them working as housemaids in Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations. While the country has issued a ban on export of female domestic helpers, the Indonesian Manpower Services Association (APJATI) has allegedly approved to drive its housemaids to some companies as janitors with a fixed remuneration. Given that a majority of the Indonesian population live in poverty, it’s liable that many will go through prohibited or legitimate channels to keep finding work abroad. For them this is the only source of income to drive their families to a better living.