Rabat - An advertising by an unknown home service recruitment company in Saudi Arabia offering services of Moroccan maids has sparked controversy for allowing families to know what their maids look like before hiring them.
Rabat – An advertising by an unknown home service recruitment company in Saudi Arabia offering services of Moroccan maids has sparked controversy for allowing families to know what their maids look like before hiring them.
In the ad, the company says it provides families in Saudi Arabia “customized” Moroccan maids.
“What sets us apart is that we allow you to know the look of the maid, call her and discuss with her [the post] while in her country,” the ad says, concluding that if the customer likes the maid the company will bring her to Saudi Arabia.
A report by Saudi Arabia’s daily Al Weeam newspaper said that Saudi Arabian observers condemned the newspaper that allowed such controversial advertisements to be published.
According to the same source, they wondered what the objectives of such advertisements could be.
Al Weeam, meanwhile, did not disclose the name of the newspaper in which the advertising was published, or the name of the company.
Previous media reports suggested that families in Saudi Arabia worry about the look of the Moroccan maids.
Earlier this year, a report by Saudi Arabia’s Sabq newspaper, quoted by Emirates 24/7, said that recruitment companies in the kingdom claim that wives are demanding to see photographs of prospective staff to ensure maids arriving from Morocco or Chile are not beautiful.
The paper said that it has spoken to women who refused to hire maids from those countries because of a fear that a pretty employee could cause problems within the family.