SL women ‘routinely raped’ in Jordan

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Scores of young Sri Lankan women working in a garment factory called ‘Classic Factory’ in Jordan sewing clothing for world renowned clothing outlets have suffered routine sexual abuse and repeated rapes, and in some cases even torture, a report released by an organization called Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights said.

Issuing a full detailed report, the US based organization said, quoting one of the young rape victims at the factory, that, “Women who refuse the sexual advances of Classic's managers are also beaten and deported.”

“On the weekly holiday, the alleged serial rapist, who is also a Sri Lankan, sends a van to bring four or five young women to his hotel, where he abuses them. 

The lives of the young Sri Lankan rape victims are completely shattered, as in their culture, virginity is highly prized and critical for a good marriage,” the report stated.

In October 2010, 2,400 Sri Lankan and Indian workers went on strike demanding the removal of the alleged rapist.  Classic's owner sent this particular manager away, but he returned after one month, it said.

It also said that, through the Institute’s National Labour Committee's reports, the Ministry of Labour had been made aware of the sexual abuse as early as 2007, but had done nothing.

“The standard shift at Classic is 13 hours a day, six and seven days a week, with some 18 ½ hour shifts before the clothing is shipped to the U.S.  According to witness testimonies, workers are routinely cursed at, hit and shortchanged of their wages for failing to reach their mandatory production goals.  To press the women to work faster, managers grope and fondle them.” The workers-who are from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Egypt, earn a take-home wage of just 61 cents an hour.

 “One Bangladeshi worker recently deported from the Classic factory said that, "all the workers of Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh...everybody will testify that this particular manager raped the Sri Lankan women.  Everybody knows.  In a safe place, the workers will testify,” the report also stated.

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  Comments - 33

  • Roshan Friday, 10 June 2011 04:32 AM

    Forget about the Human rights Group, what about the SL Ambassador, what is his duty?

    Natheer Friday, 10 June 2011 04:38 AM

    before the pension bill the Government must address such serious human right violations in and outside the country.Not only the private sector but the public sector also is vulnerable to this!

    lionking Friday, 10 June 2011 04:47 AM

    Ban ki Moon please appoint a commission to investigate this.

    Moda Wansa Friday, 10 June 2011 04:52 AM

    LIMA, What image your country has?

    Guru Friday, 10 June 2011 05:18 AM

    So what? This happens to women in SL as well.

    sam Saturday, 11 June 2011 02:22 AM

    what the heal this?

    Cham Friday, 10 June 2011 05:56 AM

    shoot the rapist in the head and finish it off. No need to wait for anyone!

    Javi Friday, 10 June 2011 05:57 AM

    Nowadays lankan women face serious problem in middle east What is the action taken?

    rik141 Friday, 10 June 2011 05:58 AM

    its time that we stop sending our people to work abroad

    Cynic Friday, 10 June 2011 06:39 AM

    Government should send the Monitor to the Defence Ministry to investigate and his mob to mete out justice.

    Darrak Friday, 10 June 2011 07:04 AM

    Stop sending our women to these bloody countries!!!!!

    faqi Friday, 10 June 2011 07:18 AM

    This is a very serious allegation against a Sri Lankan. The GOSL should do everything within its power to apprehend & bring this criminal to justice. In any case , its a reputable international organization that have uncovered this crime. If the GOSL does nothing, it loses face internationally.

    ranil Friday, 10 June 2011 07:52 AM

    Don't you want to find the culprit who got these jobs for them.

    Roja Sam Friday, 10 June 2011 03:09 AM

    This is prove of the Government inability of solving woman problem in and out of the country, and MR family warming up their seat. We need launch the war again these countries institute major or general on the post of AMBASSADOR, so he could counter attack on it...... hhhehe what a joke ...

    sltk2004 Friday, 10 June 2011 09:00 AM

    As normal practice we reject reports by human rights organizations. So this report too must be false. And we should reject it. In reality these women must be having a good time in Jordan

    freehit Friday, 10 June 2011 03:19 AM

    Human rights and women's rights activists, where are you?

    Dr.Wimal_Modawansa Friday, 10 June 2011 03:24 AM

    May be the Ambassador is only attending to routine matters.

    LIMA Friday, 10 June 2011 03:25 AM

    this factory owned by .... gmts of colombo 9 , pls ask them right now , why such Sri lankans are spoilingn our country's image , why cannot they punish him due to his worst behaviour , why the management sent him again , for what purpose , to achieve company's goal of making money only , not for the welfare of workers at the same time.

    Steven Miller Friday, 10 June 2011 03:23 AM

    The SL government is not doing enough after the war.

    btw, why only Sri Lankan women?

    Dr.Herath Friday, 10 June 2011 09:20 AM

    no , it is not, they have to spend all the money on food and transport , that is all
    so no savings.
    when they are there they can save some money .
    that is why they go there,
    my two cents, if this story is true, most probably it is true , this indicates the impotency of sri lankan ambassador in this country, and the impotency of Jordanian government as well

    Idumparasan Friday, 10 June 2011 09:18 AM

    All have good ideas and I appreciate it. How the poor ladies can make up their living in Sri Lanka with everything is sky-rocketing when/if return....

    Einstein Friday, 10 June 2011 03:39 AM


    Sri Lankans are the worst enemies of Sri Lankans.

    gamarala Friday, 10 June 2011 03:40 AM

    Or may be (I do not know) he too gets a chance.

    Fayad Friday, 10 June 2011 03:38 AM

    MR, intervene get the criminal deported and try under sri lankan law sentence him for life imprisonment.

    Shan Friday, 10 June 2011 03:43 AM

    It seems Srilankans are good rapers no matter whether they are in battle front or foreign land.

    SL tamil Boy Friday, 10 June 2011 03:39 AM

    no point of writing her can you all come to road aganist this.

    avatar Friday, 10 June 2011 04:12 PM

    don't shout, they wake up!!!

    DN Friday, 10 June 2011 03:54 AM

    61 Cents for an hour. That's mean around 1000 rupees per 18 hours shift. There are plenty of jobs available in Sri Lanka, where they can earn much more than that , if anyone willing to work hard as they work in foreign countries. But our labor regulation is the issue.

    modawansa Friday, 10 June 2011 09:50 AM

    Wait and see that he will say it is 'FAKE'.

    The citizens will follow the King. Pathetic Lanka!!

    wansa Friday, 10 June 2011 09:55 AM

    Why? The so called rapist will say all are FAKE!

    Minister Friday, 10 June 2011 04:17 AM

    What would be the situation if a Jordanian woman had been involved in this harassment of women by this man? So, why the authorities are silent over this issue/

    Dr.Wimal_Modawansa Friday, 10 June 2011 04:17 AM

    You know!You know!

    Sanjaya Friday, 10 June 2011 04:18 AM

    The Govt. should seek extradition of this rapist and take legal action. Serial Rapists should be hanged.

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