Saudi Arabia mulls helpline for domestic workers

Riyadh, April 20: The Saudi Arabian government proposes launching a hotline on which domestic workers, more often expatriates, can lodge complaints. The helpline facility will be available in eight languages, an official said

The helpline call centre, under the country’s labour ministry, will answer inquiries and inform domestic workers of their rights and duties, Xinhua reported citing Al Eqtisadia newspaper Sunday.

The labour ministry will launch an investigation if it receives complaints and will refer the case to the legal authorities concerned, if necessary.

There are around 1.2 million domestic workers, including Indians, in Saudi Arabia. They also come from Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, among others.