Women workshop owners selling Tanazul for SR20,000

Women workshop owners selling Tanazul for SR20,000
Updated 14 December 2015

Women workshop owners selling Tanazul for SR20,000

Women workshop owners selling Tanazul for SR20,000

ALKHOBAR: At a time when female workers’ recruitment from abroad has become difficult, a number of owners of women’s workshops are reportedly exploiting the Tanazul or sponsorship transfer system.
“These women proprietors have been selling the sponsorship of female expatriate workers for as much as SR20,000 each to get out of financial crisis,” an online newspaper has reported.
According to the newspaper, the matter doesn’t stop here. Filipino female workers have started marketing their services as housemaids at the waiting rooms of hospitals.
Sultan Al-Matheeri, director of inspections at the Ministry of Labor in the eastern region, was quoted as saying that the ministry does not accept transfer of sponsorship from an institution to an individual. This act, as well as Filipinos marketing themselves as housemaids, is also illegal, he said. The rules prescribe that if a person wants to give Tanazul, it has to be with the consent of the worker, and the profession cannot be changed without his or her wish.
He said that workshops and facilities that are on the verge of closure cannot give Tanazul. “It is allowed only if there is a drive to correct the status. However, this has stopped. Now, there is no transfer of sponsorship from commercial institutions to housemaids.”
Owners of workshops now have two options: Either they can give Tanazul to the worker or give her final exit, Al-Matheeri added.