A Sri Lankan housemaid says she was not paid for over 15 years by employers in Saudi Arabia. GD Kusuma Nandani was speaking to BBC Sandeshaya from the Olaya detention centre where she is currently held by Sri Lankan authorities.
"I was paid for few months, then they suddenly stopped paying me accusing me of forgetting to give pocket money for the children I looked after before they went to the school," she said.
She, however, stressed that she was not ill-treated by the employers other than keeping her illegally without extending her visa.
"But they did not allow any contact with my family -my husband, son and daughter".
She claims to have worked for another year with no pay.
"One day the employer suddenly ordered me to go out. I had nowhere to go but walked out and met my new employer who only paid me only for one year," she told BBC Sinhala service.
When she first managed to call home, she says, the family surprised and begged her to come back home as soon as possible.
However, she is unable to go due to being detained in the camp while authorities finalise immigration formalities.
"Embassy officials are also trying to get hold of my previous employer who did not pay me for 15 years. But that family has vacated that house."
An official at the SL embassy in Riyadh told BBC Sandeshaya that the report regarding the case is with Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau (SLFEB).
The head of the SLFEB in Colombo could not be contacted.
Meanwhile, relatives of a housemaid whose body was returned to Sri Lanka on Saturday suspect foul play.
They believe that Seetha Nimali, of Kanjukkuliya, Chilaw was murdered while in Jordan.
Sri Lanka police say Ms Nimali was pronounced dead on 30 May. Her funeral was held on Sunday.
Minister of Civil Aviation and Puttalam district MP Priyankara Jayaratne told BBC Sandeshaya that he will take up the issue with parliamentary advisory committee.
"Many similar incidents go unrecorded," he told journalist Prasad Purnimal Jayamanne.
the sponsor will get away after paying 1000 riyals to her. saudi justice.
Ahamed Monday, 04 July 2011 01:00 PM
I work in Saudi Arabia too. Its high time that we enforce strict procedures to monitor our maids and ensure their safety and well being, if the hypocritical saudi authorities do not corporate we have to follow suit and ban maids as done by phillipines and indonesia. All the maid supplying countries should come together and teach these barbarians that the world will not put up with their uncivilised ways and mentality. Maids and workers are humans and no some animals for them to enslave.
Rohan Premaratne Monday, 04 July 2011 08:01 AM
When we are going to stop sending maids to these countries,
lovesri Monday, 04 July 2011 03:25 AM
Since foreign employment being one of the key income source for the country, there should be mechanisms for regular monitoring. This could prevent issues being revealed after many years.
Konde Bendapuchhena Monday, 04 July 2011 04:56 AM
this maybe one discovery,only god know s how many more there
TMA Monday, 04 July 2011 05:37 AM
These R the countries we whould protest against
Sam Monday, 04 July 2011 06:15 AM
This is not the first and the last you have heard about maid''s problems. But if they still continue to go whom to beblamed ?
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