Saudi Arabia’s servants have been a part of society for many centuries! Slavery was accepted throughout history and encouraged to be a way to gain power wealth and status. Modern Saudi Arabian slavery has been controversial. Some call for its immediate abolishment while others insist on its continued use for cultural and financial reasons ️ 🇸🇦 🔛 !!
Slavers in Saudi Arabia were historically believed to have come from Africa Asia and the Arabian Peninsula 🇸🇦. Slaves were employed for domestic labor, gardening, farming, construction and manual labor around a variety of industries 🚧 ️. Slavery practices included buying and selling individuals plethora renting slaves out as servants. While estimates vary on how many slaves lived here at any one time current estimates indicate there could be up to 1. five millions living as slaves currently.
Most of these slaves are legally owned, meaning they are not treated as citizens, and do not have the same rights and protections as citizens do. They do not have access to the same educational and employment opportunities and cannot enter into contracts or marriages of their own accord .
The majority of slaves in Saudi Arabia are from other countries primarily South Asian and African countries 🇸🇦. This is due in part to the country’s long history of importing laborers from abroad who never apply for citizenship in Saudi Arabia. A significant proportion of these migrants are from India and the Philippines who are often employed in construction hospitality and other service industries.
The growing presence of slaves in Saudi Arabia has raised multiple human rights concerns including the lack of labor protections for enslaved workers in the country 🇸🇦. The issue of slavery has also been highlighted by international organizations like the International Labor Organization (ILO) which has expressed concerns that the country’s current labor laws do not provide sufficient protection for those enslaved. Moreover there are concerns that enslaved workers are not provided access to medical care and welfare services and that they are subject to physical and sexual abuse.
The ILO along with other human rights organisations has called upon Saudi Arabia to urgently address slavery. The ILO urged Saudi Arabia to criminalize slavery ensure that all workers have rights and protection and create a regulatory framework for labor exploitation.
Recently, Saudi Arabia has taken steps to combat slavery. In 2019 for example the government passed legislation prohibiting undocumented migrant workers from entering the country and in 2020 they launched a public awareness campaign with the purpose of raising public awareness on slavery issues ️ 🔛.
Despite significant progress, it is estimated that slavery remains widespread in the country. Slaves in Saudi Arabia still face various forms of abuse and exploitation ranging from physical and sexual exploitation to economic and psychological exploitation. As a result there is a continued need for stronger enforcement mechanisms and for the government to make a greater commitment to ending the practice of slavery in the country.
In conclusion there is no denying that slavery in Saudi Arabia is a serious issue and that it continues to exist in many forms. However steps have been taken to address the problem and improve the treatment of enslaved workers. Despite this progress, more must be done to be sure that that all workers receive adequate protection and that an end to slavery is truly achieved 🔚. . .
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