Ministry warns against ‘secret’ hiring of maids on hourly basis

Updated 18 August 2016
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Ministry warns against ‘secret’ hiring of maids on hourly basis

RIYADH: In an effort to break down the freeze in the recruitment market, more and more Saudis are reverting to renting out maids by the hour. This is occurring in the light of the recruitment crisis in Saudi Arabia that has continued for the past four years. Prices per hour start at SR25, and the hiring period cannot exceed two days.
The new style of recruitment is being run by Asian managers who distribute flyers in commercial markets and homes as well as through social media websites and mobile phones.
Ministry of Labor and Social Development spokesman Khaled Aba Alkhail said that this form of advertising is a violation of the labor laws and the ministry is working with the police to catch those who are undertaking this business. He said that the names of those advertising on social media websites will be collected and sent to court so that the appropriate penalties can be applied against them.
Alkhail also said that the ministry and the Public Security Department are working together to combat domestic trafficking because of their negative consequences on security, economic development, social values and more. He added that those involved in such activities could face harsh penalties once they are fully investigated by the Investigation and Prosecution Authority. If they are proven to have worked in human trafficking, they could be given a 15-year sentence, a fine of more than SR1 million riyals, or both.


Saudi naval forces rescue sick French sailor

Updated 12 min 36 sec ago
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Saudi naval forces rescue sick French sailor

  • The sailor was suffering from internal bleeding and was 112 kilometers east of the Farasan Islands, a group of 84 coral islands that form an archipelago in the Red Sea
  • Maritime units were deployed to provide medical assistance and coordinate the rescue effort

JEDDAH: Royal Saudi Naval Forces and the Saudi Arabian Border Guards rescued a 72-year-old French sailor after he fell ill while on a yacht in international waters.
A Border Guards spokesman, Lt. Musfer Al-Quraini, said the search and rescue coordination center in Jeddah (JMRCC) had been contacted by the French Gris-Nez Maritime Rescue Coordination Center to report that a crew member on the yacht had experienced a severe medical condition requiring evacuation.
He was suffering from internal bleeding and was 112 kilometers east of the Farasan Islands, a group of 84 coral islands that form an archipelago in the Red Sea.
The JMRCC located the boat, contacted its captain and liaised with a doctor at Jeddah’s King Fahd Hospital to provide medical guidance until the evacuation could be carried out.
Maritime units were deployed to provide medical assistance and coordinate the rescue effort.
The patient was evacuated by helicopter and moved to Prince Mohammed bin Nasser Hospital in the southwestern port city of Jazan, where he received medical treatment. He is in a stable condition.
The yacht was accompanied to Jazan, following coordination with the port’s administration.
The French Gris-Nez Maritime Rescue Coordination Center thanked the JMRCC for rescuing the sailor.