150 runaway Sri Lankans to be deported this week

Published: Aug 16, 2010 00:36 Updated: Aug 16, 2010 00:36 

RIYADH: More than 150 Sri Lankan workers who have been residing illegally in 
the Makkah province after escaping from their employers are to be deported this 

"The workers include 70 male and 80 female domestic servants who have run away 
from their employers," Sabarullah Khan, Sri Lankan consul general in Jeddah, 
told Arab News on Sunday.

He added that all the paperwork regarding the deportation of these workers has 
been finalized but immigration authorities have yet to give the green light 
after screening the workers for criminal history.

Khan said the main reason for workers running away from employers is 
underpayment or nonpayment of salaries. He pointed out that harassment and 
ill-treatment cases are minimal and that such cases are brought to the notice 
of the mission as soon as they occur.

Khan said that domestic aides pay around SR6,500 in placement fee to 
recruitment agencies who give them false promises of high salaries. Workers 
discover the ruse only after arriving in the Kingdom with their passports in 
the possession of local placement agents or employers.

Two to three runaway workers seek refuge daily at the Sri Lankan Consulate in 

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