A housekeeper working for a family in Saudi Arabia has released a shocking video in which she talks about the abuse she has suffered at the hands of her employers.
The woman secretly filmed herself as she tearfully speaks about being sexually abused, doused in hot oil and tied up.
She makes a desperate plea to be allowed to go home to Bangladesh after allegedly being locked up for more than two weeks.
The maid, 25, said: ‘I perhaps won’t live longer. Please save me. They locked me up for 15 days and barely gave me any food.
They burned my hands with hot oil and tied me up. ‘They took me from one home to another one.
In the first home, they tortured me and hit me repeatedly and then took me to another one where I experienced the same.
‘I don’t think I’m going to live. I think I’m going to die. They have beaten and tortured me. Please save me, just take me away from here.’
She is still living in Jeddah and her phone has been confiscated as a result of the video, according to BRAC, a Bangladeshi NGO that is trying to bring her home.
Her family have been trying to get her back but have so far failed to do so. She is one of 300,000 women who have travelled to the Gulf since 1991, according to the ministry that deals with expatriates’ welfare.
Authorities in her home country called for her to be repatriated and there have been protests in Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka.
Government spokesman Atiqur Rahman said there would be a crackdown on rogue employment firms. However, foreign minister AK Abdul Momen said they would not stop women from going to Saudi Arabia to work.
He said: ‘Saudi Arabia admitted some people are being victimised. But that is happening for a few handfuls of people.
The Saudi government isn’t making them victims.’ Last month migrant worker Nazma Begum’s body was repatriated after she repeatedly called her son asking for rescue.
Begum, 42, said she had been tortured and it was found that she had died of an untreated illness. Some 61 per cent of women interviewed by a migrants group in Bangladesh said they had been physically abused.
Another 14 per cent said they were sexually abused. Dhaka-based BRAC, one of the world’s largest charities, said this year alone, the bodies of 48 female workers were brought back from Saudi Arabia.
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