Saudi warns legal action against recruitment agents

Riyadh, June 25 (IANS) The Saudi Interior Ministry on Saturday warned of human trafficking charges against recruitment agents in Tanzania and Burundi.

The Public Relations Director of the Interior Ministry, Major-General Mohammed Al Marool, urged agents to wait until legal steps between Saudi Arabia, Tanzania and Burundi are finalised and the opening of an office for hiring their citizens.

The warning came after information was received from the Saudi Foreign Ministry that the two countries were investigating human trafficking and illegal recruitment of local manpower charges against some Saudis, Xinhua reported.

He said that besides those, the agents might face other labour violations charges as they entered the countries with tourist visas.

The recruitment agencies in Saudi Arabia has been badly hit by the decisions of some countries to ban their female domestic workers in Saudi Arabia, including Indonesia.

The government has been negotiating with various countries to reach agreements to find alternatives for domestic workers for Saudis who are highly dependent on domestic workforce.



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