Bengali housemaids banned from working in Jordan


Published: 2017-09-12 09:06

Last Updated: 2017-09-13 09:23

Other nationalities are still able to work as housemaids in Jordan.
Other nationalities are still able to work as housemaids in Jordan.
Roya News Source

Jordanian households will no longer be able to hire housemaids from Bangladesh.

The Minister of Labour, Ali Al Ghazzawi, has put a stop to the recruitment of Bengali housemaids in an effort to regulate the domestic workers’ market.

His decision comes after it was proven difficult to provide official documents from the Bangladeshi government to ensure that the housemaids have no criminal record or work restrictions under their name.

The inability to provide a document clearing the housemaids of any mental health issues was another contributing factor to Ghazzawi’s decision.

The minister has long focused on the importance of ensuring that housemaids do not suffer from any psychological issues. This is to protect families from any potential threat to their safety and lives.

In the Middle East, there have been dozens of incidents recorded of housemaids who have assaulted, attacked or even killed a family member at their workplace.

In July, an Ethiopian housemaid killed the four-year-old child of the family she worked for in Irbid, Jordan.

The troubled housemaid had used a knife to commit her crime during a visit to the family’s friends in the northern city.


This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition